13/09/2022, ACCRA, Ghana
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is hosting a Science and Partnership for Agriculture Conference (SPAC) from the 14th – 16th of September 2022. This conference seeks to address pertinent issues that are affecting agricultural productivity on the continent. The conference is held at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The Conference will also strengthen research and develop action on topical issues in African agriculture to ensure productivity and competitiveness in the sector that engages a larger proportion of the working population on the continent.
SPAC serves as the platform for key actors to update the continent’s preparedness to cope with and mitigate the impacts of climate change in African agriculture as well as contribute to the delivery of continental instruments like Agenda 2063. It will assemble actors in the value chain including policymakers, farmers, technocrats, researchers, and the private sector to facilitate the introduction of the much-needed coordination effort for climate change actions at the continental level to prevent duplication and foster value delivery for intervention funds.
Four top-line conferences that are aligned in SPAC include the 2022 Biennial Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Stakeholders Conference; the LEAP4FNSSA closing General Assembly and the Writeshop to develop the EU/AU International Research Consortium on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture. Tthe 2022 Scientific Meeting of the Pan-African Network for Economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP) and the Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) Conference.
The four conferences will run concurrently, with joint opening and closing plenaries. Afterwards, the conferences will run its programs and a series of side events.
The Biennial Africa CSA conference will give the opportunity to take stewardship of the CSA actions especially the spate of technology generation and a foresight analysis of the plausible futures. The conference will host the continental dialogue on the Africa Climate Smart Framework (ACSAF); ACSAF is developed to respond to and plan the implementation of the AU-developed Africa Climate Change Strategy. The ACSAF dialogue also provides the opportunity to prepare adequately for CoP27 in Egypt. The conference will also host a side event for stakeholders’ consultation towards the development of the Soil Initiative for Africa (SIA). There will also be a side event that will host the meeting of the High-Level Technical Think-Tank set out to respond to emerging technological issues in African agriculture. The various side event will generate outputs that will flow into the conference outputs.
The Long-term Europe-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP4FNSSA) is a project supported by the EU to provide a sustainable platform for European and African institutions to partner on research and innovation around food and nutrition. Decades of bi-continental collaboration have culminated in the LEAP4FNSSA project. The actors, coming from 23 countries across Africa and Europe, have taken on the task to help to establish a sustainable structure for the efficient and coherent implementation of the EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership and the AU-EU Roadmap for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). The writeshop is aimed at creating consensus among founding partners on the design, strategy, and implementation plan of an AU-EU International Research Consortium (IRC) Platform. This IRC is as a framework for improved coordination and adds value to the diversity of European and African-supported research projects and initiatives on agriculture and food security.
The Pan-African Network for economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP) aims to foster the development of centers of excellence in Africa and to promote both the Europe-Africa and intra-Africa scientific collaboration as an element to vitalize synergies in Africa and between the two continents. PANAP was officially launched at the AU in November 2019 with the participation of 19 African partners. It is also supported by the EU.
The Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) is a joint initiative of CAADP-XP4 organizations. It is a lighthouse project for knowledge-based development in agriculture in Africa. It takes place annually in a growing number of countries. The climax for each annual three months Challenge is a KM Conference (hybrid) where participants present their countries/organizational Knowledge management strategies, receive certificates as Knowledge Management Agents for Sustainable Development, inducted into the Africa KM4AgD Community of Practice and as Fellows of the Knowledge Center, and network with the wider KM global Community. The European Union (EU) under the Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) initiative provided funding and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) administers the funds.
SPAC is an intermediary conference to the 8th edition of the main Africa Agribusiness and Science Week (AASW8) and the 9th FARA General Assembly scheduled to take place from June 3 – 8, 2023 in Durban South Africa.
The conference is co-organized by the Member organizations of the CAADP-XP4 in collaboration with several partners, donor agencies, authorizing agencies and Government of Ghana.
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research for development (AR4D). FARA is the designated technical arm of the African Union Commission and the African Union Development Agency on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.
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