The overall objectives of this Forum are threefold: to facilitate learning on key practices and policies that enable or hinder innovation and technology development in agriculture, food industry, rural energy and physical environment; to discuss how to operationalize agricultural innovation systems; and to strategize on how to promote agricultural innovation at the national level. The geographical focus at the Forum will be on Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
The intended result is to inform representatives from the private sector including Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), universities, research institutes, government agencies, and civil society on crucial agricultural innovation and technology development issues, with an emphasis on identifying and discussing technological advancements in the above-mentioned sectors and replicating and scaling up success in African countries. A final objective is to establish tangible next steps that will follow up on the results of the Forum, offer support to the participants in their technology-related work, and continue the learning on these critical topics.
According to Adewele Adekunde from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, every African nation is required to examine its food situation before designing short-, medium- and long-term strategies.
Particular attention is given to projects which have achieved scale, have involved many different stakeholders effectively, or have endogenously developed technologies or successfully adapted technologies for local use. The World Bank's Henry Gordon said in Dar es Salaam that the meeting would enable participants to share findings of case studies of agricultural innovations conducted in the six countries. The studies were complemented by documentation of a wider range of successful innovations in the countries that pertained to agricultural productivity, processing, rural energy, physical environment and water supply.
"The short-term measure should be how to make sure that each country is hunger-free. Having done that, the country is required to go into the medium-term strategy of making sure that farmers get money through farming," said Adekunde. AllAfrica 13/05 Tanzania: Experts Discuss Investments in Agriculture
See one page summaries of the case studies below:
- Ghana – Farmer Participatory Selection of Rosette Resistant Groundnut varieties, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Crops Research Institute(CSIR-CRI) (PDF, 19Kb)
- Ghana – Peri-urban Dairying Based on Smallholder Cattle Production, Agrotech International(PDF, 18Kb)
- Ghana – Non-shattering Soybean Variety, International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC) (PDF, 19Kb)
- Kenya – Business Service Hub , African Breeders Services Total Cattle Management (PDF, 17Kb)
- Mozambique – Granary, Gorongoza Type (PDF, 17Kb)
- Rwanda – Development of Innovative Forage Production Technologies for Improved Dairy Productivity , Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (PDF, 17Kb)
- Rwanda – Increasing Quality and Value in the Rwandan Coffee Sector, Rwanda Small Holder Specialty Coffee Company (PDF, 16Kb)
- Tanzania – Drip Irrigation and Fertilization of Tea, Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (PDF, 19Kb)
- Tanzania – Development of Multifunctional Platforms (MFP) for Productive Uses, Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organization (PDF, 17Kb)
- Uganda – Transfer of Banana Tissue Culture Technology to Small-scale Farmers, Agro-genetic Technologies Ltd. (PDF, 21Kb)
- Uganda – Integrated Forage Legumes in Smallholder Cereal Crop and Livestock Farming Systems, National Agricultural Research Organization (PDF, 18Kb)
- Agenda of the forum
Supporting Document to the Forum:
How National Public Policies Encourage or Impede Agribusiness Innovation: Studies of Six African Countries (Word, 180Kb).
- Knowledge, Technology and Cluster-Based Growth in Africa. Knowledge, Technology, and Cluster-Based Growth in Africa. Edited by Douglas Zhihua Zeng. February 2008. New Book!
Knowledge for Africa's Development: Ten Priorities. On March 2008 the World Bank, in partnership with the South African Department of Science and Technology and the Government of Finland, published the Knowledge for Africa's Development: Ten Priorities report. The publication outlines the role of Science, Technology and Innovation as a means to building a knowledge-based economy. The keynote address was delivered by the South African Science and Technology Minister, Dr Mosibudi Mangena. New Report! Download full report : Low resolution pdf (PDF, 2.2Mb) High resolution pdf (PDF, 17Mb)