Science, technology and innovation strategy for Africa 2024


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Presented by Aggrey Ambali at the First Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25-27 February 2013

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Science, technology and innovation strategy for Africa 2024

  1. 1. Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 Aggrey Ambali AU/NEPAD Science Technology and Innovation Hub (NSTIH)
  2. 2. Presentation Outline• Review of the CPA• Strategic directions of the STI strategy• NSTIH Focus on Agriculture• Key priority programmatic areas• Expected results
  3. 3. CPA• In 2005 the Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) was adopted as a common framework for the implementation of the decisions of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government on science, technology and innovation (STI)
  4. 4. Why Review• There was provision for the CPA to be reviewed after five years of implementation, in order to focus on long-term sources of economic growth with a view to enable Africa to meet the challenges of the 21st century
  5. 5. Vision• A competitive, socio-economically developed and integrated Africa based on a robust STI foundation.• The vision will be achieved through three strategic directions: – build better infrastructure, – enhance technical competence, – enhance entrepreneurship
  6. 6. Build better Infrastructure• Result: – Increased African leadership and participation in infrastructure design and development• Targets: – Increased capacity for infrastructure design and development – Increased % of national and regional labour and materials in all developmental infrastructure
  7. 7. Enhance technical competence• Result: – Increased human and institutional capacity for STI• Targets: – Increased STI research output at national and regional levels – Increased Human Capacity for STI – Research-intensive Universities and other specialized research centres established
  8. 8. Stimulate Entrepreneurship• Results: – Greater availability of products and services from STI that contribute to the improvement of the lives of African people• Targets: – Increased number of added value products & services to market – Effective innovation and technology transfer support programs – Emergence and commercialization of several leap-frog technologies
  9. 9. Enabling environment for STI• Result: – Member States & RECs have policies and programmes that encourage STI development – Member States & RECs policy and programme development is informed by STI–generated evidence – Countries have Innovation Funds
  10. 10. Focus of NSTIH in Agriculture• Support member states and RECs to develop systems of innovation within agriculture – Anchoring agricultural research and innovation within • Existing CAADP compacts and investment plans • Policy priorities within the STI sector (CPA) • Policy priorities in the Agricultural sector (CAADP).
  11. 11. NSTIH programmes for supportingresearch and innovation in agricultureFour key programmatic areas: 1. Advocacy for Pro-STI investment policies 2. Promotion of policy harmonization and regulation 3. Stimulating entrepreneurship 4. Supporting the development and implementation of regional agricultural research networks
  12. 12. Advocacy for Pro-STI investment policiesAim:• Support RECs and Member States (MS) create the context, legal frameworks and supportive infrastructure to incentivize investment in research and entrepreneurship• Support RECs and MS to develop Regional and National Agricultural Research and Innovation Investment PlansActivities1. Convene multi-stakeholder/ inter-ministerial platforms at regional level aimed at aligning agricultural research and STI policy priorities.2. Supporting member states and RECs to articulate development plans for agricultural research within the CAADP framework3. Developing and monitoring indicators for measuring progress in the implementation of the national and regional Agricultural R&D investment plans
  13. 13. Promotion of policy harmonization and regulationAIM• Supporting member states and RECs to build functional regulatory systems for sustainable and safe application of agricultural biotechnologyActivities1. Empowering African regulators with science-based biosafety information2. Training and education3. Technical assistance4. Provide other relevant biosafety capacity building programs
  14. 14. Stimulating entrepreneurshipAIM• Facilitate the engagement of the private sector in African Agricultural research and innovation systems• Facilitate the movement of agricultural research products to the marketActivities 1. Within the CAADP and CPA frameworks, convene Public and Private Sector Platforms on Agricultural Science, Technology and Innovation 2. Support creation and expansion of agricultural research clusters by linking private sector to the existing regional networks of centers of excellence. 3. Support the establishment of technology transfer and commercialization programmes in agricultural research institutions and universities in partnership with existing initiatives such as BioInnovate
  15. 15. Supporting regional agricultural research networksAIM• Enabling African countries to harness biological applications in agriculture for food and nutrition security through the coordination of African Biosciences Initiative (ABI)Activities 1. Coordination and supervision of the networks while ensuring independent network management structures at hub and node hosting institutions for sustainability 2. Provide policy guidelines and facilitate the alignment of the network programmes to the CAADP priorities 3. Monitor and evaluate the activities of the networks and their contribution to the achievement of continental targets in Agriculture and food security
  16. 16. Expected results1. National and regional agricultural science, technology and innovation priorities clearly articulated within the CAADP investment plans2. Agricultural research actions at national and regional level properly coordinated and anchored within priorities set in the investment plans3. A monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment system for the shared impact of agricultural research on 6% productivity growth implemented4. Functional regulatory systems at national and regional levels5. Strengthened linkages between public, research and private sectors6. Increase in the number of agricultural research products reaching the market
  17. 17. Thank you!