Experts discussing ways to roll out science agenda for African agriculture

Agriculture in Africa
Agriculture in Africa

Agriculture experts from the region are meeting in Kigali to discuss ways through which to roll out a science agenda for agriculture in Africa.

The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa is a set of guiding principles to help African countries take charge of science for the transformation of agriculture.

The African Union Commission and the New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) sanctioned the formulation of the Science Agenda in 2012 to be led by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

The week-long workshop would enable participants to discuss what African countries need to do to ensure that the roll out of this agenda benefits all, carry out incisive analysis, interrogation of the concept and develop a roadmap to move the process forward starting from Rwanda and to other countries henceforth.

Speaking at the opening, Aggrey Agumya, the director in charge of Corporate Partnerships and Communication at FARA, said there was need for self evaluation by countries of their status before setting their action plans.

The agenda seeks to double Africa’s agricultural production by 2025.

What the consultation is about is to provide space for countries to figure out where they want to be using science, technology and innovation as key driver, Agumya said.

Participants said African countries need an agenda that critically addresses some of the biggest challenges that still limit the growth of agriculture.

Experts argue that the growing demand on Africa’s underperforming agriculture calls for a revolutionary transformation of the sector.

Mark Cyubahiro Bagabe, the director general of Rwanda Agriculture Board said Rwanda believes that the transformation of agriculture through the science agenda must be through domestication of policy to help individual countries.

The consultations are expected to be held in each of an initial set of Tier 1 countries, including Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana, Malawi, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Senegal.

Those in Tier 1 are regarded as model countries where this agenda will be first rolled out. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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