The objectives of the event were:
- to enable the ARD community and partners to highlight and discuss the knowledge and technical expertise to further strengthen agriculture and rural development programs in the face of a volatile external environment;
to provide opportunities for networking;
to showcase cutting-edge work by the ARD community;
- to forge and advance partnerships; and
to promote the implementation of key recommendations of the World Development Report 2008
A FARA representative attended the event to use the opportunity to present and discuss DONATA (Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa) and its Innovation Platform for Technology Adoption (IPTAs).