The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has renewed their commitment at improving the agricultural sector in Africa while working towards scientific innovations in the sector.
The commitment renewal which happens to be the first mission of Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo as the executive director of FARA was geared at creating impact at farm levels on the continent. The two bodies also emphasise the need to renew their relationships to enable scientific innovations and improve the continent’s agricultural sector.
IITA in a press statement revealed that Dr. Akinbamijo spoke on ‘The Science Agenda for African Agriculture: Implications for IITA and other CGIAR actors,’ where he made known the need for a synergy between the two institutions in the quest to develop agricultural sector on the continent.
However, the race to develop the Africa’s agricultural sector is beyond the coming together of just two bodies but of all concerned institutions, including agricultural research institutions of learning.
This is in line with the recent call made by the National Project Coordinator of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), Prof. Damian Okey Chikwendu who enjoined colleges of agriculture in Nigeria to embrace more comprehensive research management plan of attack to enable them achieve the necessary organisational change for enhanced client-orientation.
Prof. Chikwendu wants institutions of agriculture to design their integrated agricultural research for development (IAR4D) programmes to meet up with paradigm shift inagricultural research for development.
This, on the notion that agricultural research can promote agricultural revolutionwhich requires efforts of all concerned institutions.
Without every concerned stakeholder in the agricultural research sub-sector working together towards improving the sector, the $1 billion pledge the World Bank towards improving agricultural in Nigeria would not have a lasting effect on the sector.