Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Agricultural Biodiversity Initiative for Africa (ABIA)

3 - 5 May 2009. FARA Accra. Agricultural Biodiversity Initiative for Africa (ABIA): Stakeholders Consultative Workshop.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the apex agricultural research organization in Africa, in recognition of the need for highly focused advocacy to focus research investment and development on optimizing the conservation and use of Africa’s agricultural biodiversity resources, initiated a programme on agricultural biodiversity in Africa.

FARA, with technical support from Bioversity international, organized a side event during the 2007 Africa Science Week and FARA General Assembly in Johannesburg to discuss the proposed initiative. Participants at the side event recommended that FARA should develop an “Agricultural Biodiversity Initiative for Africa” (ABIA), organize stakeholders’ workshop to discuss and validate a continental framework for ABIA and organize a conference in 2010 on Africa’s agricultural biodiversity.

The purpose of the ABIA Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop was to discuss and validate a continental framework for ABIA and to further discuss a strategy for enhancing widespread ownership of ABIA in Africa.

The specific objectives of the workshop were:
  1. gain broad consensus among all key actors involved in agricultural biodiversity conservation and use in Africa on the strategic areas for intervention through the FARA-led initiative in agricultural biodiversity;
  2. to examine, amend and adopt a widely shared practical framework for the implementation of ABIA within CAADP and FAAP guidelines.

Workshop participants:

Ms. Thandie Lupupa
Senior Programme Manager
SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre
Mr. Kombate Koffi
Junior Research Scientist
Insitut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique ITRA

Dr. Raymond Vodouche
Genetic Diversity scientist
Bioversity International

Dr. Simon Heck
Senior Policy Adviser

Prof. Oyoo Mosi
Lecturer/Associate Professor
University of Nairobi
Department of Animal Production
Dr. Okeyo Mwai
Project Leader/Scientist
International Livestock Research Institute ILRI

Dr. Marcel Nwalozie
Director of programs

Dr .Aboagye Lawrence Misa
Deputy director
Council For Scientific and Agricultural Research , Plant Genetic CSIR-PGRRI

Dr.Baidu Jojo Forson
Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa,
Bioversity International
Dr. Hans Adu Dapaah
Crops research Institute in Kumasi

Dr. Emmanuel Tambi
Director NSF 3 FARA

Dr .Daniel A. Ofori
Principal research Scientist/ICRAF Representative
ICRAF-World Agroforestry Centre and Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)
Dr. Charles The
Plant breeder
West Africa centre for Crop improvement WACCI at university of Ghana

Dr Gueye Badara
In Vitro Conservation Propagation Lab Manager
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture- IITA

Dr. Atta – Krah Kwesi
Deputy Director General
Bioversity International
Dr. Wale Adekunle
Director NSF 5

Dr. Abebe Demisse
Regional Coordinator
Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa – ASARECA