29th June – 3rd July 2009. FARA Accra. A workshop was organsised for a strategic review and lesson sharing for the SSA CP research implementing stakeholders.
The objectives of this workshop included:
- To remobilize and refocus the SSA CP research implementing stakeholders to the objectives of the program’s current phase.
- To ensure that all implementing stakeholders acquire the right orientation of the need for a proof of IAR4D concept and what is required to achieve it.
- To ensure that the planned activities leading to the proof of concept are on course in all PLSs. To stimulate knowledge and lesson sharing among the SSA CP implementing partners.
The Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge programme (SSA CP) was initiated in the year 2004, with the aim of facilitating substantial increase in the impact of agricultural research and development (ARD) for improved rural livelihood, increased food security and sustainable natural resource management throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. To achieve this objective, the SSA CP proposed a new approach to conduct agricultural research, named Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D).
The proof of concept research in SSA CP is currently being carried out by nine task forces (TF) spread across three Pilot Learning Sites (PLS) in eight countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. The nine TFs are organized as elements of a coherent programme with unified outputs.