FARA at the 4th CORAF/WECARD Agriculture Science Week

FARA is participating in the CORAF/WECARD 4th Agriculture Science Week taking place from 16-20 June 2014 in Niamey, Niger.

FARA’s participation in this important event is focused on three main activities, namely:  (i) an exhibition stand, (ii) the launch of the book ‘Unlocking the Potential for Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) in the Savannah of West Africa’; and (iii) official launch of the CORAF/WECARD Network for Management of Agricultural Information and Communication (REGICA).

Through the exhibition stand, several publications were disseminated to hundreds of participants that visited the FARA booth. A special package was handed over to Niger’s Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Abdou Labo who officially opened the 4th CORAF/WECARD Agriculture Science Week on behalf of President of the Republic of Niger.

 

The book ‘Unlocking the Potential for Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) in the Savannah of West Africa’ was launched on 17th June 2014 by the Chairman of the 4th CORAF/WECARD General Assembly, Dr Adama Traore, the acting Director General of AfricaRice. This book documents the proof of the IAR4D approach.  IAR4D was developed by FARA as a means to overcoming the low adoption of agricultural research outputs by end users leading to limited impact of agricultural research on the continent. The research coordinated by FARA under the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA CP) has established that IAR4D delivers more benefits (income and food security) than the conventional research-to-development approach.  The superior performance of IAR4D is mainly attributed to stronger linkages and interactions among agricultural value-chain actors from commencement of the research onwards.  

In West Africa, the SSA CP research was conducted in the Kano, Katsina and Maradi Pilot Learning Site (KKM PLS) which straddles southern Niger and northern Nigeria. IAR4D has been embraced by CORAF/WECARD and its principles and philosophy underpin CORAF/WECARD’s approach to programme planning and implementation. 

After the launch of this book, copies were distributed to participants. Others were displayed at FARA’s exhibition stand. Electronic copies of this book can be downloaded for free from the FARA website

This is the third launch of a book documenting the work undertaken to establish a proof the IAR4D approach.  The first launch was of the book documenting a synthesis of all the work carried out in the three sub-regions. This took place in Durban, South Africa during the 10th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting in March 2014. The second launch was for the book summarsing the outcomes of the work carried out in the Southern Africa sub-region. This took place in May 2014, during the 1st CCARDESA General Assembly in Gaborone, Botswana. 

FARA played a role in the official launch of the CORAF/WECARD Network for Management of Agricultural Information and Communication (REGICA). The official launch was done by Mr Dady Demby, RAILS Program Officer and Acting Corporate Communication Manager, FARA. 

ReGICA (www.corafregica.org) is a network platform for Information and Knowledge sharing in agriculture in West and Central Africa. ReGICA is targeted at researchers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders involved in agricultural research and development who are interested in disseminating and sharing their work, increasing the visibility of their institutions and building their capacity in the use of ICT and Web 2.0 tools for collaboration.

The FARA delegation at the CORAF/WECARD 4th Agriculture Science Week is led by Dr Adewale Adekunle, representing the Executive Director, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo.

published: 2014-06-19 | tagged: homepage