African Society for Agricultural Research for Development (ASARD)

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AR4D NETWORK CONSULTATIVE ROUNDTABLE:
Pre-CAADP Partnership Platform Event Durban, South Africa 17-18 March 2014

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African Society for Agricultural Research for Development (ASARD)

  1. 1. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa African Society for Agricultural Research for Development (ASARD) Emmanuel Tambi AR4D NETWORK CONSULTATIVE ROUNDTABLE: Pre-CAADP Partnership Platform Event Durban, South Africa 17-18 March 2014
  2. 2. 2 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 2Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa FARA and ASARD Response to demand for collection action in AR4D at continental level – Creation of SROs had demonstrated value of collective action at sub regional level – Collective action at continental level was especially needed for: • Advocacy, • Partnerships • Information exchange • Capacity development – A voice for Africa in global forums on AR4D (e.g. GFAR & CGIAR) NASRO ASARECA CORAF/WECARD CCARDESA
  3. 3. 3 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 3Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Why collective action is important in AR4D • 27 of the 48 SSA countries have populations under 10 million – makes it difficult to achieve economies of scale including in S&T • Heterogeneity of agro-ecologies within countries and sub regions (spreads thin the AR4D capacity of countries) "There is power in numbers and there is power in unity." Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. 4. 4 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 4Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Why the creation of ASARD • African agriculture needs a continental AR4D professional body to support its transformation • FARA needs a Professional Society for Agricultural Research for Development in order to: – Effectively execute its functions and deliver on its mission – Effectively operationalize the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa – Effectively deliver knowledge support to the CAADP country and regional processes
  5. 5. 5 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 5Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Aim, Functions and Objectives of ASARD • Aim of ASARD: – Promote AR4D in order to enhance its contribution to the transformation of African agriculture • Functions of ASARD: • Promote and Reward Excellence in AR4D • Promote AR4D Networking Opportunities • Facilitate AR4D resource sharing • Promote Exchange of Information & Knowledge
  6. 6. 6 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 6Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Aim, Functions and Objectives of ASARD • Objectives of ASARD: – Umbrella body of constituent regional and national associations in AR4D – Professional forum for regular discourse by members of the FARA Forum – Source of professional identity for African stakeholders and academics in AR4D – Knowledge and capacity pool to be tapped upon on demand for strategic visioning and foresight – Facilitate stakeholder cooperation in AR4D to promote and support agriculture
  7. 7. 7 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 7Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Aim, Functions and Objectives of ASARD • Objectives of ASARD: – Provide guidance to countries wishing to form new professional societies in agriculture where these do not already exist and to help existing societies to improve the services they are providing – Define and set standards for AR4D professionals and promote high standards of quality through awards and other forms of recognition – Support individual researchers through membership services, publications and events and integrating stakeholders in AR4D process – Provide structure and permanency to the triennial African Agriculture Science Week
  8. 8. 8 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 8Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Aim, Functions and Objectives of ASARD • Objectives of ASARD: – Promote scholarly publications on key areas of AR4D and enhance individual accessibility to publications through membership subscription – Publish Journal of African Agricultural Research for Development (JAARD) and Agricultural Research in Africa (AGRARIA) – Develop broad guidelines for research partnerships amongst South-South, North-South and South-South-North engagements – Raise public awareness on AR4D – Promote the visibility and importance of investing in AR4D
  9. 9. 9 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 9Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Actions needed to establish ASARD • FARA Secretariat in collaboration with the sub-regional organizations (SROs) and other Forum members will launch ASARD during the FARA@15 celebrations in November 2014 • Process of establishing ASARD is largely consultative and will include: – Determining governing structure of ASARD – Stakeholder consultation (face-to-face and e-consultations mediated by existing networks with wide stakeholder subscription e.g. FARA-Net) – Determining target group, call for professionals willing to join ASARD – Formulation of strategic statements (i.e. vision, mission and value proposition)
  10. 10. 10 Click to edit Master title style 3/20/2014 10Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Actions needed to establish ASARD – Formulation of ASARD’s Charter – rules and guidelines concerning membership, official duties, meetings, parliamentary authority, subscription and other guiding principles – Instituting Board of Directors for ASARD – Recruitment of members – Developing a website and a communication strategy – Launching of ASARD and the first editions of JAARD and AGRARIA journals during the FARA@15 celebrations in November 2014
  11. 11. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Thank you for the attention www.fara-africa.org

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