FARA to host continental meeting on agricultural science and innovation for food security in Africa

Beans at Sawla market in Ghana's Northern Region. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT).
Beans at Sawla market in Ghana’s Northern Region. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT).

On 15-20 July 2013, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) hosts the sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Accra, Ghana. The theme of the event is “Africa feeding Africa through agricultural science and innovation“.

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!

But in the meantime, do take a minute or two and check out the FARA-AASW blog.

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KARI to host exhibit of agricultural innovations by farmers in eastern Africa

Various local and international partners are working together to host the Week on Agricultural Innovation in Africa on 25–31 May 2013 where various events regarding agricultural innovation systems will be discussed.

The Eastern Africa Farmer-led Innovation Fair (EAFIF) will set the scene for the Agricultural Innovation Symposium in Africa (AISA).

The fair will be held on 28-29 May 2013 at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Kabete grounds in Nairobi and will bring researchers and policymakers in contact with selected farmer innovators from Eastern Africa region.

The focus will be on recognizing the role of smallholder farmers, both men and women, in agricultural innovation.

The fair and the symposium will lead to identification of priorities for research, practice and policy to strengthen the innovation process in smallholder agriculture.

The EAFIF organizing committee has already shortlisted 50 “game-changing” farmer innovations from eastern Africa to be exhibited during the fair.

These are mostly low-technology innovations but with a potential for replicability and up-scaling.

The innovations broadly fall into the following categories:

  • Livestock production
  • Crop production
  • Marketing, technology and social innovations
  • Soil and water management