Technologies, Platforms and Partnerships in support of the African agricultural science agenda.

  • 31st May 2017
  • by secretary

4-5 April 2017. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Technologies, Platforms and Partnerships in support of the African agricultural science agenda.

A meeting was held co-hosted by IFPRI and AfricaRice, to strengthen linkages and forge stronger partnerships around new ideas, tools and technologies that contribute to developments in agricultural science, technology and innovation.

The meeting was attended by over 60 participants from international development institutions (World Bank, Africa Development Bank, IFAD and USAID) and technical partners (CGIAR Centers, national partners including universities, sub-regional organizations, private sector and NGOs). It demonstrated how new technologies and their assessments, delivery mechanisms, shared platforms, and new tools will support agricultural transformation and economic development in Africa.

Funding support for the Scientific and Technical Partnerships in Africa program was provided by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The Meeting:

  • Reviewed and discussed initial highlights and results from IFPRI and partners three workstreams as proof of concept in technical support of the Science Agenda.
  • Explored examples of country level applications of technologies, technology platforms, and their delivery mechanisms.
  • Prepared for specific business cases for technologies and examined further the role private and public sector partnerships play in technology investment in Africa.
  • Explored opportunities to create synergies in agricultural R&D that could make a difference in brokering institutional and technical partnerships moving ahead.

(Meeting Summary, Agenda and Participant List)

  • A scoping study of the evolving institutional structures for the delivery of STIs to agriculture in Africa (presentationYihenew Zewdie 
  •  Science, Technology and Innovation delivery in Context of Africa’s Agricultural Transsformation (presentation) Maurice Lorka
  • Rolling out the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) at country level (presentation) Aggrey Agumya 
  • Innovate, generate, disseminate and adopt improved technologies (presentation) Simeon K. Ehui 
  • Assessment of the sectoral effects of selected CGIAR technologies (presentation) Mark W. Rosegrant 
  • Technology Platform Country Case Studies (presentation) Kodjo Kondo, Moses Odeke, Baitsi Podisi, Liangzhi You, Ulrike Wood-Sichra and Jawoo Koo
  • Bridging the Gap: the application of agricultural innovation and technology (presentation, overall diagram) Katie Downie
  • Delivery Mechanisms to Accelerate Dissemination: Building Bridges (presentation) Dina Umali-Deininger
  • CAADP and CGIAR alignment efforts – expanding the role of institutional and technical partnerships – next steps (presentation) Simeon K. Ehui