The 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week, organised by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) from 13-16 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, concluded by a call to action on scaling up investments and the application of science and technology and innovation for agriculture in Africa to double agricultural productivity by 2025.
The FARA African Agriculture Science Week which takes place once every three years, brings together hundreds of national, sub-regional, regional and international stakeholders active in agricultural research for development endeavours in Africa.
Speaking at a plenary panel discussion on “Reflections on necessary actions for improving and sustaining the application of science to improve African livelihoods”, the FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, Dr. Abebe Haile-Gabriel, emphasised the importance of incentives for design and implementation of policies, mobilising public-private partnerships and for sustainable generation and application of innovation and technology by stakeholders.
Also speaking at a plenary panel discussion convened by the Director General of AfricaRice, Dr. Harold Roy-Macauley, on the theme “Africa Riceing: mobilising and applying science plus the complementary resources to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production”, Dr. Abebe Haile-Gabriel underlined the importance of policies, leadership, institutional capacities and partnerships for increased productivity of rice as well as for enhanced product quality at a competitive price.
Agriculture in Africa: Rice sector
Highlighting on FAO’s current active engagements in rice value development in Africa at different levels, including the Partnership for Rice Development in Africa, he expressed FAO’s readiness and commitment to continue to work with partners and stakeholders towards a successful delivery of goals in the rice sector.
“We highlighted the significance of value-chain development as a useful approach for designing support strategies as well as changes in mindset among all the stakeholders in terms of multi-sectoral engagements and mobilisation of effective partnerships to make a strong case for a sustainable application of science for agricultural development,” confirmed Dr. Haile-Gabriel.