Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Addressing land degradation and desertification

23 November 2017. DevCo Infopoint. The EU and its Member States attended the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Ordos, China (UNCCD CoP13), September 6th-16th. The COP adopted a strategic framework for 2018-2030 to guide global efforts to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral world (in line with SDG target 15.3) and committed parties to address the role of land degradation as a cause of migration. Moreover,

Parties agreed to advance gender equality and women's empowerment in actions to promote sustainable land management (SLM) that helps increase resilience, generates growth and investments, and contributes to peace and stability.

Land policies go beyond the environmental fora and influence larger socio-economic sectors. Sustainable agriculture and energy, livelihoods and peace benefit from investments in SLM, and could therefore be used as an entry point, leverage and for raising momentum on land action.

Introduction: Bernard Crabbé, Team Leader Environment and Mainstreaming, DEVCO C2 - Environment, Natural Resources, Water

  • Helge Zeitler, Deputy Head of Unit Bilateral and Regional Environmental Cooperation, DG ENV F2- 2. Bilateral and Regional Environmental Cooperation
  • Louise Baker, Unit coordinator, External Relations, Policy and Advocacy, UNCCD Secretariat
  • Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
Please find also the link to the video of the conference:

Status of seed sector development in Africa: Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)

22 November  2017. AGRA Webinar Status of seed sector development in Africa: Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)

Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state ofthe art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. 

Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). 

This presentation shared the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. 

For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Competitiveness, Seed Policy and Regulations, Institutional Support, and Service to Smallholder Farmers. In 2016 and 2017, TASAIconducted 13 country studies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The presentation highlights key findings from the studies and identifies choke points on the delivery of improved seed fromresearch labs to farmer fields. 

  • Dr. Ed Mabaya (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)
  • Mr. Mainza Mugoya (Market Matter Inc., Nairobi, Kenya) 
Background reading materials for this presentation are available online at
This brown bag seminar was organized by AGRA’s M&E and Knowledge Management Department

GFAR webinar on webinars

21 November 2017. This webinar was co-organized by the GFAR (Global Forum for Agricultural Research and Innovation) and GLF (Global Landscapes Forum). It is part of the GLF Digital Summits series.


  • April Thompson has more than 10 years’ experience in knowledge management, marketing/communications and capacity building in international development. April currently serves as Knowledge Management Portfolio Manager for the QED Group on the USAID Feed the Future Knowledge Driven Agriculture Development (KDAD).
  • David Thomas is a multi-faceted development specialist, entrepreneur and facilitator. For many years, David was a consultant on microfinance and small business development in Africa, working with Save The Children UK, Oxfam, ILRI and others. He is the founder/director of Danaqa World Chic, an innovative ethical market access company with a retail outlet in West London, which provides an access to the world markets for women’s led businesses from developing countries.
  • Kathlee Freeman is a communications assistant with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Mary Ellen Gibson Anti-Hunger Policy Fellow at Operation Food Search.
  • Aimee Maron is a knowledge management and capacity building consultant with over 10 years of experience in Latin America. She has held past positions as Knowledge Management Coordinator for the regional USAID program, the Initiative for the Conservation of the Andean Amazon (ICAA) and as Media Manager for Ashoka Changemakers.
  • Pier Andrea Pirani (see picture) is a knowledge sharing and online collaboration specialist. A skilled trainer
    and facilitator, since 2004 he has been working with individuals, teams, organisations and networks to support them in the strategic use of digital technologies for effective communication and knowledge sharing. He is co-director of Euforic Services Ltd and he lives and operates from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Leandra Khoury has been involved with online learning in various formats for more than 10 years. She has worked at various NGO’s, educational institutions and currently manages her own e-learning company.
  • Kelly McDonald (see picture) serves as the Knowledge Management Coordinator for USAID’s
    multi-sectoral nutrition project, SPRING in Washington,
  • Peter Casier is an online media consultant for nonprofit organisations.
  • Julie MacCartee is a Knowledge Management and Learning Specialist with the USAID Bureau for Food Security, where she supports organizational learning, knowledge-sharing, and adaptive management to improve outcomes of global food security programs under the Feed the Future initiative.

Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa

22-24 November 2017. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AU Conference Centre. Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Extracts of the programme:
The state of application, capacities and the enabling environment for agricultural biotechnologies in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Chair: Chike Mba, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy 
  • Edward Rege, PICO-Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya State of agricultural biotechnology applications, capacities and enabling environment in sub-Saharan Africa 
Panellists presented their perspectives on the state of application, capacities and the enabling environment for agricultural biotechnologies in Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Yebchaye Degefa, Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Center of the African Union (AUPANVAC), Debre Zeit, Ethiopia The state and application of biotechnology for the production of veterinary vaccines and diagnostic tools 
  • Abdourahamane Sangaré, Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 
  • Roger Pelle, Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) Hub, International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Biotechnologies for the characterisation, conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture 
  • Chair: Siboniso Moyo, International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
  • Firew Mekbib, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia Molecular genetic diversity of African orphan crops: The case of Ethiopia 
  • Marius Ekué, Bioversity International, Yaoundé, Cameroon DNA timber tracking tools and a conservation strategy for African mahogany (Khaya sp.) 
  • Emmanuel Kaunda, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lilongwe, Malawi A review of the use of biotechnology in aquaculture and fisheries (PAEPARD supported consortium)
Food safety, post-harvest and agro-processing: The role of biotechnologies 
  • Chair: Ali Mohammed, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia 
  • Alejandro Ortega-Beltran, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria The Aflasafe Initiative, developing biocontrol products to reduce aflatoxin contamination in maize and groundnuts across Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Ruby Asmah, Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI), Accra, Ghana The use of biotechnologies in post-harvest handling and management in the fishery sector 
  • Ikhide Imumorin, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria; African Biosciences Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria; and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. Public and private sector perspectives regarding the role of biotechnologies in food safety, post-harvest and agro-processing 
  • Silvia Alonso, International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Metagenomics in food safety: what’s the added value? Case studies from the livestock sector in Tanzania and Uganda 
Biotechnologies to enable smallholders to adapt to climate change 
  • Chair: Janet Edeme, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
  • Stephen Muchiri, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, Nairobi, Kenya Perspectives from a farmer organization on climate change and the role that biotechnologies can play in enabling smallholders to adapt 
  • Yoseph Beyene, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Nairobi, Kenya Development and deployment of climate resilient maize in sub-Saharan Africa through integration of novel tools and technologies 
  • Maxwell Barson, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe Africa in a changing global climate: The need for rapid diagnostic tests to deal with emerging fish disease challenges 
  • Djingdia Lompo, Centre National de Semences Forestières, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Analysis of genetic diversity of the African Locust Bean (Parkia biglobosa) to improve its strategy of conservation and breeding in the face of climate change 
  • Baptiste Dungu, MCI Santé Animale, Mohammedia, Morocco Use of biotechnology tools to combat Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Africa
Resourcing for agriculture and agricultural biotechnologies 
  • Chair: Margaret Gill, CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council, Rome, Italy 
  • Malu Ndavi, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, Italy Investors in agricultural biotechnologies and priorities 
  • Musa Sowe, National Coordinating Organization for Farmers Associations of The Gambia (NACOFAG), Banjul, The Gambia How to ensure the resources allocated to agricultural biotechnologies are used to meet the needs of farmers
  • Siyabulela Ntutela, AfricaBio, Pretoria, South Africa The importance of private sector investments in agricultural biotechnologies in SubSaharan Africa
Public-private partnerships and south-south cooperation involving biotechnologies 
  • Chair: Melaku Gedil, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria 
  • Prasad Hendre, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC): A public-private partnership for enablement of African plant scientists through development of open source genomics resources for promoting food and nutritional security in Africa through orphan crops 
  • Emmanuel Okogbenin, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya Public-private partnerships for effective and efficient agricultural technology transfer to smallholders in SSA: The AATF experience 
  • Benjamin D.K. Ahiabor, CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Tamale, Ghana A case study of cooperation between Brazil and Ghana in the development of biofertilisers for grain legumes in northern Ghana 
  • Ndjido A. Kane, Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles, Dakar, Senegal A regional research and training platform for innovative plant breeding in West Africa
FAO is organizing four regional meetings worldwide throughout 2017-2018. On 15-17 February 2016, FAO convened the international symposium on The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition at FAO Headquarters, Rome. The aim of the symposium was to explore the application of biotechnologies for the benefit of smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change.

Participants in the meeting were representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations and
non-state actors in the region. The term ‘non-state actors’ refers to civil society organizations; private sector entities (including philanthropic foundations); academia and research institutions as well as cooperatives and producer organizations.

'The question is not to use or not to use biotechnologies but how we can use opportunities that modern biotechnologies offers for African farmers'  Dr Jeremy Ouédraogo, Director @NEPAD_ABNE -(see picture)

  • Producing clean planting materials to improve sweet potato, plantain and banana in Ghana 
  • Improving African rice by breeding with Asian rice 
  • Improving soil in Kenya 
  • Generating resilient sorghum in Africa 
  • Boosting cassava yields in Africa using molecular markers and tissue culture 
  • Protecting Namaqua Afrikaner sheep in South Africa using genetic characterization 
  • Early diagnosis of peste des petits ruminants in Cameroon 
  • Eradicating tsetse flies in Zanzibar using the sterile insect technique 
  • The global rinderpest eradication campaign 
  • Processing fish using fermentation in West Africa 
  • Using DNA markers to conserve forest trees in Gabon

Pastoralism in the current global changes

20-24 November 2017. Dakar. Pastoralism in the current global changes: stakes, challenges and prospects. Institutional and agro-ecological changes such as population growth, climate change, globalization of markets, changes in demand for animal products, decentralization of governance, as well as security issues, are disrupting the frameworks traditionally operated by pastoral societies.

This Colloquium focused on sharing on:
  • the current pastoral dynamics and prospects in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • the state of knowledge, knowledge, shared representations on pastoralism in the face of socio-economic, ecological and climatic issues;
  • the existing and future methods and tools for improving the support and management of pastoral systems;
  • the current arrangements and needs for knowledge transfer in pastoralism.
The P2CG symposium "Pastoralism in the course of global change" aimed to:
  1. Situate the major mutations faced by livestock, breeders and systems, in the plurality of perceptions of operational, institutional or scientific actors
  2. Clarify the challenges, obstacles and opportunities that pastoralism encounters,
  3. Assess the stakes for the future in terms of:
  • contribution to the economy and food in the emergence of concerns such as agro-ecology, globalisation, poverty alleviation and security;
  • adaptation to climate change and mitigation of climate effects;
  • resilience to vulnerability, poverty and risk
  • technical and organisational innovations;
  • ecosystemic contribution to the production of services;
  • support by public policies,
The colloquium explored jointly the alternatives around which breeders, research, public organizations and policy makers could guide their future actions.

Extracts of the programme:
TOPIC 1 Adapting guidelines in the use of resources by the animals: improving performances, preserving balances?
Biophysical strengths and constraints, herd resources and productivity in pastoral systems, how to
articulate pastoral practices and the multiple functionalities of the animal to the changes under way?

TOPIC 2 The Climate Change and the Environment in pastoralism
While pastoral societies are historically adapted to climate variability they face new challenges. The characteristics of pastoralism in sub-arid zones, namely the intensity of interactions between people, animals and the environment, allowing pastors to make the most of heterogeneous and variable resources, are challenged by constraints of several types, and in particular by the medium-term climatic changes.
TOPIC 3 Land dynamics and access to pastoral resources
Land issues are attracting greater attention from national policies and regional intervention programs in rural development, driven by demographic pressure, rural intensification, agricultural extensification, recognition of cross-border mobility, Agro-industrial investments. It was therefore important to open the debate on the scientific and political stakes of the interactions between these trends, these agendas, and the pastoralism.
TOPIC 4 Social Issues for Pastoralism
What are the social dimensions of the access to social services, human health, education, youth, citizenship, security, and modernization?
Development in pastoral areas has too often lagged behind that of other areas, thus maintaining poverty and vulnerability that undermine the sustainability of the system. Inadequate development policies have often weakened traditional land tenure and natural resource governance systems; They have restricted the mobility of herds which conditions the functioning of the system, while continuing to deprive breeders of basic services needed for development, such as education, safety and health.
TOPIC 5 Ecosystemic contributions of pastoralism
There is a growing interest in the multifunctionality of pastoralism, which is capable of providing ecosystem services that go far beyond the sole productivity of livestock.
Pastoralism offers a wide range of economic valuations in areas with low overall biomass productivity and that are poorly adapted to intensive livestock management systems. Quite unique in its features, it is adapted to use the great diversity and unpredictability of the grasslands resources with the greatest efficiency

The Pastoralism and Drylands Partnership Platform PPZS is a joint R&D initiative associating researchers and teachers from the Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA), of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), the Ecological Monitoring Centre (CSE), and the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD).

Afri-Veg Forum 2017

20 - 22 November 2017. Cotonou, Benin. Afri-Veg Forum 2017

Organised by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a joint programme of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) which have provided a research for development grant totaling CAD $4.45 million (NGN900m) to a multi-disciplinary research team from Osun State University and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, Université de Parakouin Benin Republic and Canada’s University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, and a NGO partner, The Green Generation Initiative.

The main objective of the conference was to bring together a global community of stakeholders (the academia, NGO, donor agencies, and industry) working on issues related to African indigenous vegetable to drive the process of promoting entrepreneurial development in the vegetable sector.
  • The conference brought together the body of knowledge on African vegetables for collation and archiving. 
  • The aim of the 2017 Afri-Veg Conferencewas to further our understanding of the challenges faced by the various stakeholders in the vegetable value chain and to recommend best practices that will enable us to overcome these challenges. 
  • The conference encouraged collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience among participants. 
  • The ultimate goal was to encourage women's participation in vegetable value chain, which will have an impact on economic development, and allow greater diversity in household sustenance dynamics.
  • Agronomy: soil management, pest and diseases management, water management, pathology, breeding and crop improvement, seed production, cropping systems, conservation and diversity
  • Food science and value addition: post-harvest handling, processing, preservation, packaging, food and nutrition, nutraceuticals
  • Food security and policy
  • Economics and marketing: agribusiness, impact assessment
  • Social and culture: gender issues, youth issues, communication and extension
  • Communication, dissemination and scaling up approaches, innovation platform
  • Technology and innovation in vegetable value chain
Presentations from the PAEPARD supported consortium of Uganda
  • Postharvest quality of Solanum aethiopicum (Nakati) leafy vegetables subjected to various handling practices and storage technologies Sekulya, S., Nandutu, A., Ssozi, J., Masanza, M., Kabod, P.,Jagwe, J.N., Kasharu, A., Rees, D. and Kizito, E. B
  • Shelf life performance of Solanum aethiopicum (Nakati) leafyvegetables subjected to various postharvest handling and storage conditions Sekulya, S., Nandutu, A., Ssozi, J., Masanza, M., Kabod, P., Jagwe, J.N., Kasharu, A., Rees, D. and Kizito, E. B.

Selection of other abstracts
  • Study compared fertilization has basis of chemical fertilizer (urea) and biological (human urine) on the productivity of amaranth (Amaranthus hybridus) in the minicipality of Parakou in Benin northTokoreorou mere, S.J., Hermann, M. B. and Degbevi, T. K
  • Effects of additive microdose of sodium to fertilizer sources on growth and yield of fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis) Nnanna P. C, Idowu M. K and Ajayo B. S.
  • Comparative Effects of poultry manure and NPK fertilizer on nutritional qualities of green leafy vegetables Alabadan, B. A., Oloye, A. O. and Eseyin, A. O.
  • Ethnobotanical investigation of lippia multiflora moldenke, a local aromatic leafy vegetable under domestication in Benin Djengue, H. W., Dansi, A., Adjatin, A., Dossou-Aminon, I. Dansi, M. and Sanni, A.
  • Mise au point des conditions optimales de production en pépinière de Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore pour sa domestication Dossou, J., Wédjangnon, A. A., Houètchégnon, T. and  Ouinsavi, C.
  • Non timber forest products governance: Case of Prunus africanain the north west region of Cameroon Anoncho, V. F., Avana-Tientcheu, M., Divine, F. T.
Post-harvest technologies
  • Low cost technologies for reducing post-harvest losses in Africa (Hassan, S. G.) 
  • Postharvest quality of Solanum aethiopicum (Nakati) leafy vegetables subjected to various handling practices and storage technologies Sekulya, S., Nandutu, A., Ssozi, J., Masanza, M., Kabod, P.,Jagwe, J.N., Kasharu, A., Rees, D. and Kizito, E. B
  • Improved postharvest technologies for marketing AfricanLeafy Vegetables at the urban fresh produce markets Mampholo, M. B., Bvenura, C. and Sivakumar, D.
  • Lost and wasted harvest: A case for some indigenous vegetables in  Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria Ogunsina, B.S.
  • Shelf life performance of Solanum aethiopicum (Nakati) leafyvegetables subjected to various postharvest handling and storage conditions Sekulya, S., Nandutu, A., Ssozi, J., Masanza, M., Kabod, P., Jagwe, J.N., Kasharu, A., Rees, D. and Kizito, E. B.
  • Bringing African traditional vegetables back to the plate to improve dietary quality (Termote, C., Borelli, T., Kennedy, G., Wasike, V., Padulosi S. and Hunter, D.)
  • Adaptation and promotion of improved vegetable growing in Uganda (Semalulu O., Ramathan, I., Pariyo, A.,Naggayi, R.G., Kasambula, P.M., Makhosi, P.K., Nakityo, Matovu, R. and Okello, S.)
  • Comparative evaluation of potentials of commonly consumed nigerian leafy vegetables for the alleviation of hidden hunger Ojimelukwe , P. C. and Okpalanma, F.N.
  • Farmers’ participation in vegetable innovation platforms in south west, Nigeria Lawal, B.O., Akintayo, O.I., Ayoola, O.T., Oyedokun, O., Taiwo, L.B., Oyedele, D.J. and Adebooye, O.C.
    Using spatial mapping tools to link microveg research to climate change (Minielly, C., Peak, D. and Yanping, L.)
  • Analyse des processus de mise en œuvre des approches de dissemination par satellite (DS) et des plateformes d’innovation (PI) de mise a echelle des innovations sur les legumes feuilles traditionnels (LFT) au Benin Ouidoh, F. N., Baco, M. N., Irénikatché, Akponikpe, P. B., Djenontin, A. J. and Sossa-Vihotogbe, C.
  • Knowledge, attitude and practices (kap) analysis of under-utilized indigenous vegetables (UIVs) technologies among the southwest nigerian young farmers Olarewaju, B. E., Ayinde, J. O., Torimiro, D. O., Alao, O. T., Oyedele, D. J. and Adebooye, C. O.

22 - 23 November 2017. Livingstone, Zambia. SGCI Forum: Effective public-private partnerships in research and innovation in Africa

The SGCI is a five-year initiative that promotes and strengthens the capacities of science granting councils in order to strengthen national science systems and drive nationally-led research that contributes to development in sub-Saharan Africa. The intention is that these SGCs will become champions for strong national innovation systems — the precursors for transformation to knowledge-based African economies. The countries participating in the SGCI are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

African Agri Investment Indaba

20 - 22 November 2017. Cape Town. African Agri Investment Indaba. The second African Agri Investment Indaba organised in partnership with Wesgro and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, united over 600 key stakeholders from governments, agri-businesses, investors, banks, financiers, project owners and the agro-processing industry.

The three day event bega with a pre-conference workshop on Monday 20 November 2017 presented by Wesgro’s CEO - Tim Harris. The workshop explore investingd in the African halal manufacturing industry and cover regulations and government support, halal certification and standardisation as well as producing for export to meet the global market.

Two conference streams allowed attendees to choose the sessions of most interest to them. Some of the topics to be addressed in the programme include:

  • Africa’s role in global food security, 
  • improving the investment environment for African agriculture, boosting intra-regional trade to improve food security in North and West Africa, 
  • financing the food and agribusiness value chain,
  •  driving economies of scale to ensure sustainability 
  • and financing the agro-industrialisation revolution in Africa, amongst others.

Over 65 esteemed experts featured in the conference programme including:
  • Hon. Abubakar Sani Bello - Governor, Niger State Government, Nigeria
  • Hon. Willy Bett - Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Kenya
  • Hon. Minister George Kazadi Kabongo - Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, DRC
  • MEC Alan Winde - Minister of Economic Opportunities, Western Cape Government, South Africa
  • His Royal Majesty Orcivirigh Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse - Tor Tiv V, Tor Tiv Palace. GBOKO-BENUE STATE, Nigeria 
  • Dr. Chimimba David Phiri - Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Ghana 
  • Dr. Nigel Chanakira - Chairman and Group Executive, Riskflow Group, Kingdom Financial Holdings Ltd, Success Motivation, Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo - Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ghana
  • Nhlanhla Nene - Resident Advisor, Thebe Investment Corporation, South Africa
  • Helen Zille - Premier, Western Cape, South Africa 
  • Dr. Theo De Jager (see picture) - President, World Farmers Association
  • Christian Dunbar - Deputy City Treasurer, City of Philadelphia, USA
  • Rafael Flor - Director: YieldWise, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Cristina Miranda Gozalvez - Deputy Head of Unit, Unit "Global Issues and relations with ACP", DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
  • Itai Melchior - Head of Trade and Economic Mission, Embassy of Israel in South Africa, South Africa 
  • Paul Andrew - Chief Executive Officer, Cros Agro Allied Ltd, Nigeria 
  • Sheikh Noor Ullah - Global Head of Agriculture, Acumen, Pakistan 

Over 100 meetings have been scheduled by the matchmaking team, ensuing attendees make the most of their time at the event and get dedicated time with potential clients and partners.

The Investment Discovery Sessions (IDS) linked accredited investors with agri businesses from across the value chain, allowing agri executives to present their projects to qualified investors in a private setting. This year 35 green- and brown-field projects from 11 African countries were pitched to the investors.

Extracts of the programme:
Improving the Investment Environment For African Agriculture – Ensuring Growth and Stability Through Policy ReformsAgricultural value chains need to be dynamic, productive and efficient for the sector to be sustainable. Governments need to respond to market signals and ensure policies and regulations will enable thriving business environment.

Africa’s Role in Global Food Security
The argument for a diversified economy and food security has incited an increased donor, government and private sector interest in investing into agri-business. With agriculture currently contributing 12.5% of Africa GDP, employing more than half of the labour force and a projected global population growth to more than 10 billion by 2050, some investors are talking about maximising their ROI on Africa’s potential to feed the world.

Implementing affordable finance scheme for farmers and agribusiness SMEs in West Africa
• Current financial landscape in the region – Challenges and opportunities
• Exploring the use of innovative products such as insurance, guarantees, shared risk facilities, microfinance and lease financing
• Managing risk in agribusiness lending – Strategy and duration risk in formulating exits

Financing the agro-industrialisation revolution in Africa
Over US$30bn was pledged by different governments (Africans and non-African), donor foundations and international institutions at the African Green Revolution Forum last year in a global effort to develop African agriculture. Further financial commitment and risk mitigation tools are required in order to move agriculture from a humanitarian development sector to a business sector for wealth creation.
Picture: speaker at this session: Stuart Bradley, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Partner Phatisa, South Africa

Agribusiness panel: Global competitiveness through investment, innovation, technology, economies of scale and quality reforms
The food and agribusiness sector is projected to grow from US$330 bn today to US$1 trn by 2030. African enterprises and investors need to convert this opportunity and unlock this potential for Africa to compete on the global market and reduce its food import bill - estimated to reach US$110 bn by 2025

About the African Agri Council
The African Agri Council is a network of global executives, decision makers and key stakeholders in the Agricultural industry. We connect executives with their peers, policy makers, investors and financiers and leading global service providers across Africa and around the world. The Council is an exclusive platform for networking, matchmaking and deal making in Africa. We focus on the business dynamics of agriculture; the pioneers, partnerships, investments, joint ventures and regulatory dynamics that determine the future direction of the industry and shape tomorrow’s sustainable food production and consumption landscape.

Video recordings

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

GID-FastDev pour l’agriculture 2017

20-21 Novembre 2017. Abidjan. GID-FastDev Agri Forum 2017: Forum Africain des Sciences et Technologies pour le Développement au Salon de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Animales (SARA), pour la présentation/discussion d’un échantillon d’une douzaine d’exemples de réussite en, présence des responsables et porteurs des programmes/projets.

Organisé par le Groupe Interacadémique pour le Développement (GID), une structure euro-africaine réunissant 30 Académies d’Europe du Sud et d’Afrique.

Accès au financement : micro et méso-crédits

  • Mme Marie-Cécile Thirion, responsable de la division Agriculture, développement rural et  biodiversité, AFD - France 
  • M. Albert Sie Dah, responsable exploitation agricole, ADVANS - Côte d’Ivoire 
  • M. Claude Arsène Savadogo, directeur de Bioprotect B - Burkina Faso
Les métiers de l’agriculture ouvrent des perspectives d’avenir ; il est impératif de donner envie et espoir aux jeunes africains de s’y installer. En consultant cette plateforme, les jeunes intéressés devraient y trouver une vraie motivation d’entreprendre. Il est donc très important de diffuser des exemples de véritables succès du terrain, en insistant sur la diversité des conditions de leur réussite : accès à l’eau et à l’énergie, au foncier, aux financements, aux marchés, à l’encadrement agricole….
  • Juin-septembre 2017 : Phase de réalisation (en cours) : recensement des exemples de réussite de terrain et création d’une plate-forme Internet dédiée provisoire.
  • 2 mars 2017 : Lancement officiel du Programme FastDev pour l’agriculture 2017 au Salon International de l’Agriculture à Paris, en présence du ministre français de l’agriculture et de ministres africains de l’agriculture et de l’élevage.
  • 20-21 novembre 2017 : Forum à Abidjan au Salon de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Animales (SARA), pour la présentation/discussion d’un échantillon d’une douzaine d’exemples de réussite en, présence des responsables et porteurs des programmes/projets (télécharger le programme du forum).
  • Janvier 2018 : création de la plate-forme Internet dédiée, abritée par Agropolis (Montpellier).
  • Fin février-début mars 2018 : Conférence au Salon International de l’Agriculture à Paris en présence des ministres africains concernés ou de leurs représentants, pour conclure l’atelier d’Abidjan et décider des prochaines étapes.

Cette articulation est indispensable pour que les plus hautes autorités africaines apportent leur soutien au projet et permettent le succès d’une large diffusion de ce concept après avoir assuré, sur certains territoires, la concrétisation des conditions nécessaires à sa réalisation (problèmes fonciers, d’irrigation, d’énergie, d’accès aux financements et aux marchés…)./.

Télécharger la présentation du programme

Contexte :
 Le Groupe Interacadémique pour le Développement (GID) est une structure euro-africaine réunissant 30 Académies d’Europe du Sud et d’Afrique. Il organise des forums de réflexion euroméditerranéens (Parmenides) et euro-africains (Forum Africain des Sciences et Technologies pour le Développement - FastDev) qui rassemblent tous les acteurs du développement dans un domaine considéré pour en faire émerger les besoins réels, mettre en regard les savoirs disponibles ou à développer, identifier les obstacles à leur mobilisation et élaborer des recommandations pour les surmonter. 
Le forum FastDev organisé à Dakar en février 2016 a souligné l’importance de l’agriculture et de l’agro-alimentaire, ainsi que la nécessaire co-construction des enseignements-formations et des entreprises pour l’emploi des jeunes en Afrique subsaharienne. Des réunions ultérieures entre académies, ONG et partenaires ont confirmé ces choix et permis d’élaborer progressivement le programme GID-FastDev pour l’agriculture 2017.

En seulement 3 éditions, le SARA s’est positionné comme le salon de référence agricole, animale et forestière de l’Afrique sub-Saharienne. 

Regional perspectives on hunger and migration

20 November 2017. Brussels. European Parliament. Regional perspectives on hunger and migration: the relevance of smart investment in food security and rural development

The recently released State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report showed that after more than a decade of steady decline, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million
people in 2016 – up from 777 million in 2015.

In light of this alarming increase, the European Parliamentary Alliance on the Fight Against Hunger brought together Members of the European Parliament as well as high-level representatives of the UN and leading international organisations to discuss long-term solutions geared towards achieving Zero Hunger. The debate placed links between food security, rural development and migration, aiming to investigate holistic responses to the root causes of hunger.
a particular emphasis on the

The event started with introductory remarks by MEP Paolo de
Castro, Coordinator of the Parliamentary Alliance, MEP Maria Heubuch (see picture), Member of the Development Committee and MEP Bogdan Brunon Wenta, Member of the Development Committee.

In a video speech Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, set the scene for the debate between:
  • Roberto Ridolfi (see picture), Directorate for Planet and Prosperity, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission 
  • Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett (Guyana), Director FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in Geneva
    FAO has considerable experience in addressing migration in both developmental contexts and protracted crises. Agricultural and rural development can contribute to address the root causes of migration and build the resilience of both displaced and host communities, laying the ground for long-term recovery.
    FAO works with relevant stakeholders to strengthen their capacities to provide viable livelihood opportunities in agriculture and rural areas in countries in protracted crises. It also protects the right to food of all people on the move, while fostering their integration and strengthening the social and economic resilience of host communities. Working with its partners and using resilient agricultural livelihoods as a key instrument, FAO plays an important role in:
    i) addressing the factors that compel people to move, especially those linked to natural disasters, conflicts over natural resources and environmental and livelihood deterioration in rural areas;
    ii) strengthening resilience of both displaced people and host communities and
    iii) harnessing the positive contribution of migrants and displaced people and fostering their integration.
  • Margot Van der Velden, Deputy Regional Director for West Africa and Central Africa, WFP
  • Martin Rivero Illa, Coordinator of the Social Cohesion Area Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)
After a round of questions from the audience, , summarised and close the debate.

At this event two booklets from the FAO were distributed:

MIGRATION AND PROTRACTED CRISES. Addressing the root causes and building resilient agricultural livelihoods (2016, 16 pages)

This booklet is directed towards FAO Member States, UN system and all other potential partners, and sheds light on the role that resilient agriculture livelihoods can play in addressing some of the root causes of migration in protracted crises and assisting displaced populations and host communities to cope with protracted displacement. The document aims at improving understanding of migration in situations of protracted crisis by explaining the context and providing examples of the work that FAO, together with its partners, has been doing across different countries to strengthen the resilience of communities and leave no one behind before, during and after protracted crises.
Also Available in: Russian Spanish Arabic French Chinese

Diaspora can contribute to build the economy in countries of origin after a conflict or a crisis, through: remittances, skill transfer, diaspora connected FDI, direct investments such as diaspora entrepreneurship, heritage tourism and nostalgia trade, philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. (page 8) 
HARNESSING THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION OF MIGRANTS AND DISPLACED PERSONS Generate evidence of the benefits of migrants and refugees for their host communities and countries of origin, especially by analysing remittances flows and use in rural areas of origin and destinations.(page 13) 
Create partnerships and advocate for improving financial inclusion and literacy of displaced people originating from rural areas as well as diaspora communities, so that they can send remittances back home, as well as communities of origin to productively use the remittances they receive for agriculture and rural development. (page 15)

This publication highlights the work of FAO and its partners to strengthen the resilience of communities and to assist displaced populations and host communities in coping withprotracted displacement.

Migrants can be agents of development, contribute to economic growth and improve food security and rural livelihoods. Orderly, safe and regular migration of people underpins the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. (page 2)

Migration itself can contribute to agriculture and rural development in the countries of origin. If the credit and/ or insurance markets in rural areas are absent or function poorly, remittances relax liquidity constraints, provide insurance in case of crisis/shocks and foster investment in agriculture and other rural economic activities with potential for job creation. Moreover, diaspora organizations and return migrants can help rural areas in the countries of origin through capital investments, skills and technology transfers, know-how and social networks. (page 9)

  • Reduction of the cost of sending remittances to rural areas and increase of financial inclusion and literacy in the sending and receiving areas.
  • Rural capacities to use remittances for investments in agriculture and natural resource management. 
  • Mobilisation of diasporas to invest in rural areas.
The 2018 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), one of FAO’s annual flagship publications, will focus on migration and the challenges it poses to food security as well as to peace and stability. A consultation on this topic was organised from 21.09.2017 - 16.10.2017.
  • Today there is growing international attention to the phenomenon of migration, its causes, its effects and the way in which it occurs. To open up the drafting of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), we would like to invite you to share inputs and consideration on the draft annotated outline of the report.
  • Migration, both through its drivers and its impacts, is closely linked to FAO’s goals of fighting hunger, achieving food security and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. While much of the international attention is on international migration, migration between countries is part of a bigger picture that includes both international and domestic migration flows. Migration to, from and between rural areas (rural migration) is an important component of these migration flows. Rural migration is closely linked with agricultural and rural development in a bidirectional relationship: agricultural and rural development affects migration and are themselves affected by migration.
  • The 2018 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) will explore these linkages. It will analyze rural migration flows as well as their determinants and impacts. It will look at the factors in rural areas, and more specifically in agriculture, which contribute to determining migration decisions and will analyze the relationship between agricultural and rural development and migration decisions. The report will also look at the ways in which migration affects rural areas and agricultural and rural development.

Energizing Finance: Scaling and Refining Finance in Countries with Large Energy Access Gaps

16 November 2017. Bonn. This side event at the COP explored the findings from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Power for All and the Overseas Development Institute' analysis on the concept of the Energy Access Dividend, and its synergies to the recently released findings of the SEforALL Energizing Finance reports. 

It took a deeper dive into what is needed for policy makers, investors and project developers to go further faster towards SDG 7 and ensure that no one is left behind.

It included opening remarks and launch of the Why Wait? Seizing the Energy Access Dividend report from Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sustainable Energy for All, and then be followed by a ministerial-level, moderated dialogue over 45-minutes on how energy and financial planning processes can support faster access to electricity in rural and hard to reach areas by addressing the opportunities, development benefits and finance barriers facing faster to deploy, decentralized energy solutions.

  • RACHEL KYTE, Chief Executive Officer of SEforALL, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
  • H.E. Mr. KARE CHAWICHA DEBESSA, State Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Federal Republic of Ethiopia
  • JOS DELBEKE, Director General, DG CLIMA, European Commission
  • JAMES FLETCHER, Managing Director, Soloricon Ltd., Former Minister of the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Government of Saint Lucia
  • KRISTINA SKIERKA, CEO, Power for All

Keynote Address at the 26th World LP Gas Forum & 2013 AEGPL Congress incorporating the UKLPG Annual Conference

3rd Organic innovation days

15-17 November 2017. Brussels. Organic innovation days. The Organic Innovation Days was TP Organic’s annual event gathering actors from the organic and conventional food and farming sector as well as policy-makers to discuss the latest innovations in the organic sector and beyond.

As part of the event, the winners of this year’s Call for Organic Innovations were announced, who presented their innovative and successful solution they have developed to address the needs of the organic sector.

This year’s edition was also enriched with the OK-Net Arable Final Conference where the best practices to improve yields in organic farming were presented and followed by a discussion on knowledge exchange and innovation support in organic farming.
  • Coordinated by IFOAM EU, the OK-Net Arable project promotes exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists with the aim to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe.
  • OK-Net Arable has launched a knowledge platform providing access to a wide range of tools and resources that can help improve production, and a virtual meeting place for cross-border learning.
  • The project is financed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s main funding instrument for research and innovation and involves 17 partners from 12 countries all over Europe.
The European Commission has published the Work Programme 2018-2020 of Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenge 2. It includes several calls that are relevant for the organic and low-input food and farming sector.

Scope A of the call SFS-08-2018-2019 “Improving animal welfare” was specifically developed for the organic and low-input farming sector. Under that scope one call is planned for 2018 with a total budget of 10 million euro.

TP Organics has made an assessment, listing all the calls where organic has been mentioned. Please click here to view the document.

13th African Dairy Conference

15-17 November 2017. Johannesburg. 13th African Dairy Conference

This three-day conference had six topical sessions from strategic information on the world and continental dairy industry outlook, trends, future projections, practices, opportunities and challenges to policy issues impacting on dairy industry development, trade and competitiveness and sustainability, and technical issues of interest to players along the value chain.

The 13th Edition of the African Dairy Conference and Exhibition proved again to be the leading Dairy industry-defining event of the year in Africa and beyond. Some 100 exhibitors from more than 30 countries launched their latest/new products and demonstrations to key stakeholders across the entire dairy industry value chain.
Extracts of the programme:
  • Sustainable Dairy Farming: Africa vs the World Dr. Okeyo Mwai; Principal Scientist
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) - Kenya
  • The Changing Face of Africa Dairy Mr. Nico Fouche; C.E.O Milk S.A. – South Africa
  • The Role of a Producers’ Organisation in Sustainable Dairy Farming Dr. Chris van Dijk; C.E.O. Milk Producers’ Organisation (MPO) – South Africa
  • Reducing mycotoxins in feed: proper feed storage and preservation, Albert van Rensburg (see picture) Biomin – South Africa
  • Financing Emerging Market Dairy Processors and Supply Chains, Thomas Lee Bauer (see picture); Principal Industry Specialist World Bank Group- IFC (International Finance
    Corporation) – U.S.A. 
  • Environment and the Dairy Industry, Dr. Asaah Ndambi (see picture); Senior International Animal Production Specialist Wageningen Livestock Research – The Netherlands

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017)

14-17 November. Addis Ababa. Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017). This second Conference on Land Policy in Africa was hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), which is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank.

The Conference was convened under the theme, 'The Africa We Want: Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth,' which supports the African Union declaration of 2017 as the 'Year of Youth'.

CLPA-2017 in Pictures: Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4

17 November 2017 Land conference ends with call on Africa to enact policies that will harness youth potential
16 November 2017 Journalists receive training on writing punchy
women’s land rights stories
16 November 2017 Sierra Leone’s land challenges to be addressed by reforms

Master classes:
16 November 2017. Implementation of the FAO Governance of Tenure Technical Guide 6: “Improving Governance of Pastoral Lands. Implementing the VGGT in the Context of National Food Security. - Fiona Flintan; Senior Scientist - Rangelands Governance - International Livestock Research Institute; Mackay Rigava: Land Tenure Officer, FAO

Extracts of the Conference Programme

  • Paper 3.1: Land Ownership, Youth and Agricultural Performance among Maize Farmers in Republic of Benin - Cocou Jaures Amegnaglo
  • Paper 3.2: Integration of Land Tenure Monitoring in Agricultural Development Projects in Malawi Using Geo-Spatial Technologies -Kefasi Kamoyo*, Solomon Mkumbwa, Rex Baluwa and, Harold Liversage,
  • Paper 4.1: Lessons on Successful Utilization of Forest Land for Crop Agriculture: Evidence from Kenyan Community Forest Associations. Boscow Okumuyand Edwin Muchapondwa 
  • Paper 4.3: Trends and Determinants of Food Production in Sudan: An Empirical Analysis (1990-2015)- Mutasim Ahmed Abdelmawla
  • Paper 4.4: Securing Rangeland through Youth Pastoral Associations: The case of Pastoralist Program in Tanzania and Selected Examples from Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Cameroon). Zakaria Faustin Shayo
  • Paper 6.4: Agricultural transformation and proximity to urban centres: Exploring win-win options for youth involvement in Ethiopia- Tendayi Gondo and Juliet Akola
  • Paper 9.1: Land acquisitions and Agribusiness in Africa: Towards mapping a new food and biofuel production capacity and possible jobs for the Youth. Mkpado Mmaduabuchukwu and Egbunonu Chinwe Miriam
  • Paper 12.3: The Effect of Land Access on Youth Employment and Migration Decisions: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia - Katrina Kosec,* IFPRI; Hosaena Ghebru, IFPRI; Brian Holtemeyer, IFPRI; Valerie Mueller, IFPRI and Emily Schmidt, IFPRI.

Focused Roundtable Discussions: 
How Tech Innovation Can Help Secure Land Rights Across Africa
  • Using an Open Platform to Document Land and Resource Rights - Frank Pichel 
  • Using Community Mapping and Mobile Phones to Provide Legal Documents - Caleb Stevens 
  • Using Remote Sensing to Monitor Large Scale Agricultural Investments in Ethiopia - Christian Graefen 
  • Bringing it Together: What Governments Can Do to Best Utilize Promising Tech Advances, to Secure the Land Rights of their Citizens - Jaap Zevenbergen 
 Land and agricultural Commercialization in Africa
  • Paper 7.1: Plantations, Out-growers and Commercial Farming in Africa: Agricultural Commercialization and Implications for Agrarian Change -  Dzodzi Tsikata, Ian Scoones
  • Paper 7.2: Land and agricultural commercialization in Meru County, Kenya: evidence from three models - Cyriaque Hakizimana*, Paul Goldsmith, Abdirizak Arale Nunow and Adano Wario Roba 
  • Paper 7.3: Impacts of land and Agricultural commercialization on local livelihoods in Zambia: evidence from three models - Chrispin Matenga*, Munguzwe Hichaambwa 
  • Paper 7.4: Agricultural commercialization models, agrarian dynamics and local development in Ghana - Joseph Awetori Yaro*, Joseph Kofi Teye, and Gertrude Dzifa Torvikey 
Promising Practices and Lessons in Mainstreaming land governance at Country level: 
  • Mainstreaming Land Governance Issues in the Tanzania Agricultural Sector Development Strategy and Tanzania Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plan by Adam Patrick Nyaruhuma, Maria Marealle, Kibamba Lyoba; 
  • Mainstreaming Land Concerns in Agricultural Strategies and Investments Plans in Malawi by Paul Jere et al.
  • Mainstreaming Land Concerns in Agricultural Strategies and Investments Plans in Madagascar by Rija et a; 
  • Mainstreaming land governance issues in the Rwanda agricultural strategy and National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) By Serge Sabi Olekoet;
  • Mainstreaming land governance issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo Agriculture Strategy and National Agriculture Investment Plan by Floribert Nyamwoga Bayengeha, Paulin Osit, Honoré Belonga Nsampeti and Serge Sabi Oleko
  • Mainstreaming land governance in agricultural strategy and investment plan in Cote d’Ivoire by Nanakan Quattara et al.
Agricultural Corridors and Commercialization in Eastern Africa: Case studies from Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique
  • Paper 13.1: Corridors: Commercialization and Agricultural Change: Political Economy Dynamics - Rebecca Smalley Paper 
  • Paper 13.2: State Visions for Productive Peripheries: The Case of LAPSSET in Kenya - Ngala Chome 
  • Paper 13.3: A plot of land along the corridor: Youth Bureaucracy and planning of land uses in Nampula and Beira, Mozambique - Euclides Goncalves. 
  • 13.4: The politics of Tanzania’s agricultural growth corridor: Implications for small-scale producers and pathways for rural livelihoods - Emmanuel Sulle
The ‘MATASA FELLOWS” -Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives 
  • Paper 19.1: Land Rights and Youth Employment in Uganda - Victoria Namuggala* 
  • 19.2: Youth Participation in Livestock Production and Marketing in Rural Kenya -Edna Mutua
  • Paper 19.3: Land Rights, LandBased Innovations, and Diversified Agricultural Livelihoods for Young People in Kenya. -Grace Mwaura 
  • Paper 19.4: Characteristics and performance of emergent farmers in Zambia: A. Chapoto Lapri & D. Banda, Ministry of Agriculture, Zambia
Side events:
Partnering For Improved Training and Research on Land Governance in Africa 
The project Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa runs from 2014 to 2021 and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Program Launch Event 
A new five-year research program which focuses on analyzing and understanding different pathways to agricultural commercialization and their impacts on women’s and girls’ empowerment, food and nutrition security and poverty reduction in 8 countries
  • Operating across three complimentary work streams, the APRA programme will work in six focal countries, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, with two additional countries, Kenya and Mozambique.
  • The consortium includes regional hubs at the Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE), Kenya, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), South Africa, and the University of Ghana, Legon, as well as partners at Lund University, Sweden, and Michigan State University and Tufts University, USA.
  • With headquarters at the Institute of Development Studies, APRA will run from 2016 to 2021 and is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). The consortium will offer high-quality evidence and policy advice that makes a difference in crucial areas of central importance in sub-Saharan Africa.
Speakers: Cyriaque Hakizimana; Ephraim Chirwa; Ruth Hall, Seife Ayele, and Emmanuel Sulle