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    The expected growth of the world population to 9 billion in 2050 and the changing diets will affect food availability drastically. Therefore, improving food and nutrition security and ensuring the sustainability of agriculture is a global issue for the years to come. African and European researchers have agreed to jointly engage in the preparation of a new, long-term and ambitious partnership to solve these issues through the PROIntensAfrica project. Read more about Building blocks for research partnership between Europe and Africa


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    Researchers drawn from key institutions working in agricultural research for development in Africa have flagged up the practice of sustainable intensification of agricultural systems as a key area of future cooperation between Africa and the United Kingdom.

    The participants drawn from a broad range of disciplines, institutions and countries, shared strategic perspectives to facilitate links between wider research communities in the UK and Africa at a recent workshop on sustainable intensification of Agricultural Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about Researchers flag up sustainable intensification for Africa, UK partnership


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    Rwanda has embraced the Science Agenda in Agriculture for Africa (S3A), noting that the Agenda will serve as a catalyst to Rwanda’s home-grown solutions for Agricultural transformation. Read more about Rwanda embraces Science Agenda


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    Achieving the S3A target of doubling public and private sector investment into agricultural research for development and doubling productivity by 2020 will only be attained through “business unusual” and “walking the talk”, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) senior directors have told key stakeholders in Rwanda. Read more about Science Agenda to galvanize Africa to walk the talk


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    ASARECA is strategically positioned to ensure that the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) and other continental frameworks designed to deliver life changing science technology and innovations are achieved. Read more about ASARECA coordinating Science Agenda roll-out


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    Creating jobs, especially for the youth in agricultural commodity value chains, stimulating wealth creation, and ensuring food and nutritional security: These are the three priorities that the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) have identified as key pillars in a strengthened partnership between the two institutions.

    MoU signedRead more about ASARECA/AAIN partnership to create jobs for youth, income and food security for poor households


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    ASARECA Annual Corporate Report  2016 is rallying stakeholders to look out for what the institution promises the Agricultural Research for Development Community.

    The 2016 year was strategic to ASARECA because the institution had to make strategic decisions that will shape the future of Agricultural Research for Development in the sub-region. The decisions took into cognisance that the agricultural research for development (AR4D) environment in which ASARECA operates has changed,” the report says. Read more about ASARECA 2016 corporate report outlines a new direction


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    Key speakers at the Fall Army Worm (FAW) conference in Entebbe, Uganda have highlighted the need for a joint and coordinated assault to FAW, a devastating pest for food crops which is threatening food security in Africa. Addressing researchers and development partners drawn from Africa and the world over, in Entebbe, speaker after speaker emphasized that trans-boundary challenges such as FAW cannot be addressed by individual national efforts.
     
    The speakers also discouraged duplication of efforts by research and development organisations, noting that it is wasteful and slows down progress.USAID Food Security Advisor, Regina Eddy, said there is need for stakeholders to harmonise and align with complimentary institutions to recognize what each party can do to add value to fight FAW. All these efforts, she noted, should lead to a regionally coordinated FAW framework.
     
    “Right now, everybody, is doing everything, unaware what others are doing. This is not how we will get it right. We need sub-regional coordination and convening to leverage national efforts and resources,” a stakeholder noted.
     
    The Dfid representative, Ben Cattermoul said, “We recognise the diverse impacts of Fall armyworm. It is a threat to multi-million investments in agriculture by the private sector, governments and development partners. What is required to check the impacts is leadership and action to deal a blow to the Fall armyworm.”
     
    The FAO Sub-regional representative for Eastern Africa, Dr. Patrick Kormawa said, “If politicians do not react immediately, the problem of food insecurity will be compounded.” He called for action based on partnerships and research to provide scientific information to support evidence based advise to government.
     
    ASARECA Interim Executive Secretary, Dr. Cyprain Ebong, said there is need for political goodwill as one of the crucial resources in fighting the Fall armyworm. “The governments need to follow political will with financial resources to implement the various actions to avert the Fall armyworm catastrophe,” he said.

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    Eight commodities have received initial regional stakeholder acceptance to constitute the research landscape under the Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation Project (ECAAT). 

    They include four commodities inherited from EAAPP Regional Centres for Excellence namely; cassava (Uganda), rice (Tanzania), dairy (Kenya), and wheat (Ethiopia). The newly introduced commodities include oil crops, poultry, beans, maize, and uniquely new research area—landhusbandry. Read more about New commodities, larger sharing platform mark birth of ECAAT


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    The National Agricultural Research Education and Extension Systems (NARES) of seven African countries have selected ASARECA to coordinate the Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation Project (ECAAT). Read more about ASARECA selected to coordinate multi-million dollar regional transformation project


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    ASARECA convened a three-day regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop of all Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Project (ECAATP) member countries to harmonize the Results Framework and Theory of Change for the project. The workshop, which targeted mainly the M&E focal persons and national coordinators, comprehensively reviewed ECAATP indicators, set indicator targets, harmonized tools for baseline studies and developed a comprehensive Project Monitoring Plan (PMP).Read more about ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework


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    ASARECA convened a regional consultative workshop to discuss and identify modalities for consortium engagement and value addition to the Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation (ECAATP) from January 15-16, 2018, in Entebbe Uganda.Read more about Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear


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    The Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) has hired a professional recruitment firm, DAMA Consultants Limited, to manage the process of identifying a competent individual to fill the post of Executive Secretary—ASARECA. According DAMA Consultants Limited, the prospective candidates must be nationals of ASARECA member countries namely: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.Read more about ASARECA searching for new Executive Secretary


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    The Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation Project (ECAATP) stakeholders conducted a regional project Pre-Appraisal Mission from April 4 to 13, 2018 to double-check if all is set to kick-off ECAATP implementationRead more about Eastern and Central Africa researchers fine-tune agriculture transformation project


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    The First East African Digital Farmers' Conference and Exhibition,which kicked off on May 29 and ended on May 31, 2018,opened up exciting opportunities for learning, agenda setting and networking.

    The three-day regional conference,held at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), assembled end-users, service providers, disseminators, regulators, policy formulators, and developers of Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) in the agricultural sector.

    First of its kindRead more about Regional digital conference takes first step to fast-track ICTs in agriculture