Science for Agriculture in Africa

CORAF partners with ISRA to organize a National Consultative Workshop on Scientific Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A)

Today, July 17, and running till July 19, in the Amphitheatre of the Research Pole at Hann-ISRA, where the workshop will hold for three days, CORAF/WECARD, ISRA and FARA exposed the vision of S3A’s scientific agenda in Africa—under the aegis of the Senegalese Agriculture Ministry.

“S3A refers to the science, extension, technology, innovation, practice and social leaning that Africa needs to apply (…) to meet its evolving agricultural development goals.” Science, technology and innovation must accompany Africa’s agricultural practice to deliver on its expectations. And “S3A is linked to the AU Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.”

The workshop’s ambition is to identify: (i) areas where S3A would be invaluable in moving Senegal’s agriculture forward; (ii) recall knowledge of S3A in Senegal; (iii) review the implementation of S3A; (iv) define capacity development needs; (v) suggest adequate financing for S3A; (vi) develop a platform for impacts; and (vii) develop a platform for knowledge sharing and learning. “Success has been recorded, but more needs to be done.”

The massive hold-up witnessed around Dakar on Monday, July 17, could not prevent the agriculture research communities in Senegal from weaving their ways to ISRA. The workshop in Senegal, 1st tier country according to FARA, comes after those held in Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana and Egypt.

In his opening speech, the Executive Director of ISRA, Alioune FALL, stated that, “Agricultural research should also take into consideration the challenges of climate change and urbanization.”  Following up with his opening speech, the Executive Director of CORAF/WECARD, Dr. Abdou Tekouano, thanked “the Senegalese government for the enabling environment granted CORAF/WECARD, now marking its 30 years.” He noted that, “The 2030 vision is not only for Africa to feed itself, but for it to become the world bread-basket.” The representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment drew attention to the field: source of demand and measure of success.

It now remains to see how the fruits of S3A translates into action, at the country-level, in food and nutritional security, scientific innovation, and in feeding the world.