African journalists from nine countries (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe) submitted stories for the AWARD-FARA Media Competition that closed on June 7.According to Karen Homer, AWARD Communications Manager “we received an impressive selection of articles from 29 hard-working journalists, who are obviously keen ...... [more]
published: 2013-06-12 | tagged: homepage
As the target date draws nearer for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), food and nutrition insecurity remain cardinal problems especially in Africa. Africa has a great potential to feed itself given that 60% of its arable land remains un-utilized and the remaining 40% bear crops with low ...... [more]
published: 2013-05-18 | tagged: homepage
2013 marks a decade since African Heads of State and Government (AHSG) endorsed the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) as a strategic framework for the revitalization of the continent's agricultural sector as an engine for economic growth, poverty reduction and the elimination of hunger. To do this, African ...... [more]
published: 2013-05-09 | tagged: homepage
FARA and its partners (CTA, IFS, ANAFE, RUFORUM, NPCA, AGRA) are pleased to announce the top 20 finalists of the 3rd Africa-wide women and young professionals science competitions ‘Feeding 1 billion in Africa in a changing world’ which was launched in 2012.
The twenty finalists will vie for the top ...... [more]
published: 2013-04-19 | tagged: homepage
Accra – increasing Africa’s agricultural productivity is one of the principal strategies towards ending hunger and poverty on the continent. It is a well-known fact that productivity growth is underpinned by innovation including Science and Technology (S&T). Thus, improving the generation and uptake of agricultural S&T outputs is ...... [more]
published: 2013-02-21 | tagged: homepage
The Federal Government of Nigeria though the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the release of two new improved varieties of cassava.
The new varieties were developed through a collaborative effort between the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan and the Nigerian Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI ...... [more]
published: 2013-01-15 | tagged: homepage
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa in collaboration with Farm Radio International hosted the Africa Adapt Knowledge Exchange Fair (KEF) in Accra Ghana from 12th -13th December 2012 under the theme “Matching Theory and Practice to Facilitate Climate Change Adaptation for Smallholder Farmers in Ghana, Nigeria and ...... [more]
published: 2012-12-13 | tagged: homepage
The Executive Board of FARA met at the Secretariat to review progress made in 2012 and plans for 2013. The Board appreciated the progress of the Secretariat against result targets at 70% achieved by September 2012. The Secretariat was praised for its continued leadership in the continent especially on the ...... [more]
published: 2012-11-28 | tagged: homepage
FARA if pleased to announce that Prof T.E.Simalenga assumed a new role as the first Executive Director for the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) on the 15th October 2012. In his new position Prof Simalenga directs all functions and activities of ...... [more]
published: 2012-11-07 | tagged: homepage
|Left Photo: Participants engaged in co-learning of the value chain approach||Right Photo: field visit to a learning and innovation platform on orange-fleshed sweet potato highlighting nutritional value & food security for women & children.|
|The participants at the inauguration of a processing plant for orange-fleshed sweet potato, as a result of ...|
published: 2012-10-09 | tagged: homepage
FARA, in collaboration with African research organisations, the CGIAR Consortium, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is currently coordinating a series of technical regional workshops. The aim of these workshops is to enhance agricultural productivity through effective delivery of agricultural research, extension and education.
The workshops are organised ...... [more]
published: 2012-09-12 | tagged: homepage
At the Ambohimanambola Dissemination Centre, a few km outside Antananarivo, an association of farmers led by Jean-Jacques Andrianaivo meets regularly in a local school. The association, which calls itself Centre de Services Agricoles Avaradrano, provides a multi-purpose centre that undertakes a diversity of innovative agricultural activities. Recent activities have included ...... [more]
published: 2012-08-02 | tagged: homepage
CORAF/WECARD held its 3rd Agricultural Science Week and 10th General Assembly in N'Djamena, Chad, 14-19 May under the patronage of HE Idriss Deby, President of the Republic of Chad, who officially opened the meeting. The main theme for these events was Empowering the rural poor to ...... [more]
published: 2012-07-05 | tagged: homepage
Above: Potato farmers in Musanze District express their enthusiasm for the IAR4D that led to improved incomes and livelihoods.
Left: FARA Board members and orange-fleshed sweet potato farmers celebrate improved health and incomes through the DONATA platform.
The Executive Board of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) met ...... [more]
published: 2012-05-24 | tagged: homepage
The 2nd Annual Dialogue of Ministers of Agriculture, Science and Technology was held 18-19 April under the auspices the Government of Ghana and FARA. The Dialogue included representatives from 24 African countries. The Annual Dialogue is a Forum to share ideas and agree on collective actions towards enhancing agricultural productivity ...... [more]
published: 2012-04-23 | tagged: homepage
In February, FARA hosted a media training workshop for anglophone journalists and researchers in Accra. Our francophone partners’ turn took place 19-23 March in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. A total of 33 participants from 17 countries attended, including 18 researchers and 12 journalists. The workshop was opened by the ...... [more]
The world’s first conference to focus on women in agriculture, Empowering women for inclusive growth in agriculture, was held in Delhi 13-15 March. The organisers of the event were careful to invite prestigious figures to make presentations at the inaugural event. Prof Monty Jones, FARA’s Executive Director, was ...... [more]
published: 2012-03-26 | tagged: homepage
The CTA/ FARA/IFS/ ANAFE/ RUFORUM consortium, in collaboration with AGRA and NPCA, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2012-2013 Africa-wide women and young professionals in science competitions.
The purpose is to identify the promising and innovative research and technology development work of young scientists who are also ...... [more]
An unusual workshop took place in Accra 13-17 February. The workshop on African researcher leaders and media to promote and improve agriculture brought together senior scientists and media professionals from all over Africa to seek ways to work together for the benefit of both groups, and in so doing, for ...... [more]
published: 2012-02-18 | tagged: homepage
Consultation between the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and FARA took place at the FARA Secretariat on 10 February. The objective of the Consultation was to initiate identification of priority themes for Australia’s investment. The Australian Government has sharpened its focus on food security through increased investment ...... [more]