Harnessing Science and Partnerships to Drive Africa Agri Food Systems Transformation

Accra, September 14, 2022 – A conference to hear how stakeholders aim to harness science and partnerships to accelerate Africa agriculture transformations, kicks off in Accra, Ghana, today, September 14, 2022. 

The Science and Partnerships for Agriculture Conference (SPAC) brings together more than three hundreds (300) participants from forty (40) countries, including policymakers, farmers, researchers, and the private sector, around the central theme: ‘Introspection on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Action to Strengthen Accountability, Resource Use and Impact in Africa’.

The conference seeks to address African agricultural production and productivity challenges, with a paramount focus on climate change.

“Recent data on the effect of climate change suggest Increasing temperatures and sea levels; changing precipitation patterns and the possibility of more extreme weather that will threaten human health, safety, food security, and socio-economic development in Africa,” said the Honourable Minister of Agriculture in Ghana, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, at the opening ceremony.

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing African agriculture, undermining food and nutrition security, depleting people’s livelihoods and preventing them from escaping the poverty trap,” commented Dr Emmanuel Njukwe, CORAF Director of Research and Innovation. 

Ghana’s Minister of Agriculture emphasized that to combat the negative effect of climate change on the agriculture and food system, we will need to devolve science for the generation of appropriate knowledge and technologies to sustain production.

Meanwhile, Dr Njukwe underlined the importance of partnerships and working together for better coordination of efforts, to prevent duplications and leverage synergies.

SPAC provides a forum for the Africa’s agri players to update the contient’s preparedness to cope with and mitigate the impacts of climate change on agriculture as well as contribute to the delivery of continental instruments like the 2063 Agenda.

It encompasses four (04) different conferences, that will run concurrently during three days. 

These include (i) the 2022 Biennial Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Stakeholders Conference, (ii) the Long-Term EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP4FNSSA) closing General Assembly and the Writeshop to develop the European Union / African Union International Research Consortium on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture, (iii) the 2022 Scientific Meeting of the Pan-African Network for Economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP) and (iv) the Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) Conference.

SPAC is organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Member organizations of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Ex-Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4), in collaboration with the Government of Ghana and several other partners and donors.

Funding for CAADP-XP4 is provided by the European Union Commission and administered by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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