Friday, 1 May 2009

Should FARA respond to the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development report?

The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) looks realistically at how we could effectively use agriculture/AKST to help us meet development and sustainability goals.

An unprecedented three-year collaborative effort, the IAASTD involved more than 400 authors in 110 countries and cost more than $11 million. It reports on the advances and setbacks of the past fifty years and offers options for the next fifty years.

The results of the project are contained in seven reports: a Global Report, five regional Sub-Global Assessments, and a Synthesis Report. The Global Report gives the key findings of the Assessment, and the five Sub-Global Assessments address regional challenges. The volumes present options for action. All of the reports have been extensively peer-reviewed by governments and experts and all have been approved by a panel of participating governments. The Sub-Global Assessments all utilize a similar and consistent framework: examining and reporting on the impacts of AKST on hunger, poverty, nutrition, human health, and environmental/social sustainability.

The five Sub-Global Assessments cover the following regions:
Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA)
East and South Asia and the Pacific (ESAP)
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
North America and Europe (NAE)
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

The IAASTD was initiated by the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, with support from the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and other sponsors. Its goal is to analyze the potential of agricultural knowledge, science, and technology (AKST) for reducing hunger and poverty, improving rural livelihoods, and working toward environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable development.

Paperback: 153 pages
Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (January 31, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1597265411
ISBN-13: 978-1597265416

Interviewed during the SCARDA (Strenghtening Capacity for Agricultural Research for Development in Africa) Regional Programme-wide Strategies and Learning Workshop (Accra, FARA Secretariat 27th-30th April), Joe Taabazuing - Management Consultant of the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration GIMPA - thinks FARA should give a reply to the latest report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge and Technology for Development (IAASTD). The IAASTD Volume V - Sub Saharan Africa is called: Agriculture at a crossroads. Joe Taabazuing was one of the many contributors. The report was launched during a debate at UNEP in Nairobi on 20/04 and will be launched in Accra/Ghana on 29th of May. He says that for traditional agricultural research scientists in Africa some of the statements might appear controversial.

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