FARA is the apex body for agriculture science, technology and innovation (STI) in Africa. It enhances the overall impact of African agriculture research and development by facilitating networking, partnerships and information sharing among stakeholders, advocacy and priority setting for STI and mobilising and strengthening and integrating the human and institutional capacities needed for the continent to realise its agricultural development vision encapsulated in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The Secretariat of FARA is based in Accra, Ghana.
From 25th to 28th November 2014 FARA will hold the "Celebrating FARA" in Johannesburg, South Africa to celebrate 15 years of a productive existence and to commemorate the African year of agriculture and food security. At this event participants will reflect on the achievements of FARA and how the organisation will contribute to the future Africa wants, hence the events theme: Delivering Africa's Future through Science-led Agricultural Transformation.
Renewing, Repositioning and Refocusing FARA
The 'Celebrating FARA' event is centred on the renewing, repositioning and refocusing of FARA. It seeks to rally FARA's partners around its new strategic direction within the broader discourse of Sustaining the CAADP Momentum. The event will feature the unveiling of a strengthened FARA brand which is designed to ensure that the organisation's core functions and mandate are effectively projected to its stakeholders and partners.
FARA's New Strategic Focus
In order enhance its responsiveness to emerging and future changes FARA has developed a new strategic plan for the next five years (2014-2018) which is aligned to the African-owned Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) and is therefore designed to support the realization of the vision of CAAD's refreshed agenda. FARA's new strategic focus is organized around three mutually-reinforcing strategic priorities which are complemented by several cross-cutting themes, namely: gender and youth, climate change, environmental management, biotechnology and nutrition...