Earlier this month, a group of volunteer social media enthusiasts (including Yours Truly!) from all over the world, who are passionate about using social media to communicate agricultural science for development, came together to form a virtual social reporting team to help spread the word about the key sub-themes of the 6th AASW.
The FARA-AASW social media team will provide both onsite and offsite social media coverage of the goings-on at the 6th AASW conference. So far, we have over 100 members and still more are volunteering to assist!
The conference organizers have created a blog that will be an informal information channel from the AASW social reporters.
Already, a number of blog posts have been posted on agricultural research for development in Africa and some of the ways in which the youth can benefit from actively participating in the agriculture sector. And you can expect lots more news once the event kicks off mid-next month!
The 5th African Agriculture Science Week and General Assembly of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is currently underway at the Ouaga 2000 International Convention Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The FARA week meeting which runs from 19 to 24 July 2010 brings together over 700 prominent agriculture researchers, policymakers and development experts from around the world along with the President of Burkina Faso and ministers of Agriculture, Science and Foreign Affairs from several African and European countries.
Key issues for discussion include:
Increasing and sustaining public and private sector investments in African agriculture in the wake of the global financial crisis;
Delivering innovations and building capacity at the local level that will enable farmers to adapt to the challenges posed by globalization and climate change;
Assessing the resilience of African agriculture trade to domestic and external shocks that include: protectionism and subsidies, the short and long-term trade-offs between biofuel production and food security, and access to agriculture commodity markets; and
Embracing importance of biodiversity to African environmental and agriculture health in addition to social and economic development.