Information Sharing on the Development of a Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa

To further support and participate in the development of a Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa, a one day meeting was held with, African experts, development partners and CGIAR Research Program (CRP) leaders. Designed to build on the presence of several key partners attending a meeting in Dublin on April 11-12, sponsored by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets and the Agricultural Development Economics Division of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations conference on Food Security Futures: Research Priorities for the 21st Century, the one day discussion was sponsored by the CGIAR Consortium Office and organized with the Steering Committee for the Dublin Process.

The meeting focused on two important work streams representing alignment activities for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and CGIAR: 1) a briefing from the Synthesis Team and Expert Panel (STEP) members on the formulation of the Science Agenda (genesis and background, what is planned, how CGIAR and other partners will provide input during formulation, and the process for launching the Science Agenda within Africa); and, 2) a briefing and discussion on the development of a Technology Platform under formulation by the New Alliance Food Security & Nutrition, in which G8 nations, African partner countries and private sector partners aim to help lift 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty in the next 10 years by supporting agricultural development. An initial draft concept note produced by the Consortium Office with input from partners was distributed prior to the meeting, to be developed after the meeting and during regional consultations, for delivery and implementation around CAADP investment plans and research agendas at country and sub-regional levels.

Presentations are provided:

Why Alignment is critical for CAADP in Sustaining the Momentum, Mandi Rukini

A Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa: An outline of its rationale and implementation prospects, Yihenew Zewdie

Overview of the development process for ASAA: Progress to date and timeline, Geoffrey Mrema

Agriculture Science Agenda for Africa - Drawing on and Learning from other Experiences: The Role of Foresighting in Identifying Critical Areas for Increased Alignment, Lance O'Brien

A Technology Platform for Africa, Stanley Wood

SSA Farming Systems Framework: Potential input to the Dublin Process / Technology Platform, Jean-Marc Boffa