Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dublin II meeting: CAADP – CGIAR Alignment:

17–19 September. Dublin. The Dublin Momentum, is an initiative aimed at exploring how the international research agenda of the CGIAR can be aligned with African country and regional programmes around a Science Agenda for African Agriculture – and how development partners could best support such alignment.

The meeting provided the opportunity for greater connectivity and focus between CAADP and the CGIAR research programs (CRPs), thus bridging the gap between African demand for technical support and the CGIAR’s

The outcomes of two workshops were presented at the Dublin II meeting. These workshops intended to help countries draw upon best practices and technical resources to begin the detailed design of new investments and programmes in agricultural research, extension and education.

See communique of the Dublin process

Nairobi regional workshop on CAADP-CGIAR alignment
The first regional workshop, took place in Nairobi 27–30 August 2012. It ­was organised
jointly by the FARA Secretariat and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA).
  • The workshop brought together over 60 participants from seven ASARECA member countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania); representatives of 12 CRPs from eight CGIAR centres (Biodiversity International, CIFOR, CIMMYT, ICARDA, ICRISAT, IFPRI, IITA and ILRI); and national agricultural research institutions. 
  • During the 4-day workshop, the participants reviewed and identified key gaps and opportunities that can be addressed by research, extension and education by matching them with relevant research priorities, thus enabling the CRPs to tailor their research agenda effectively. 
  • They also formulated preliminary action plans on how the CRPs can address the research, extension and education components of the investment plans as articulated in FARA’s Framework for African Agricultural Productivity (FAAP) and the CAADP Pillar IV Strategy and Operational Plan. These action plans will effectively move the research agenda from the planning stage to implementation. 
  • See Final report of the meeting: Understanding CAADP, IPS and CRPS - caadpasareca - PBworks  Facilitation and Documentation by Paul Kibwika and Ahmed Zziwa, PICO-Uganda Ltd, 179 pages
The second workshop took place 4–6 September in Saly, Portudal, Senegal. Focusing on agricultural productivity in West Africa, the workshop brought together a similar number of participants from seven countries in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo) as well as the CGIAR CRP lead centres.


Mapping and Aligning CAADP Investment Plan Technology and Innovation Needs with African Agricultural R&D Investments.
The Dublin Momentum secured the commitment of key players to ensuring that the products and services of the international agricultural research community directed toward Africa will be aligned to needs and priorities articulated through CAADP-led processes and, more specifically, the national medium-term agricultural Investment Plans (IPs) developed as part of individual CAADP Compacts.The initial goal of this mapping platform is to develop and apply an approach by which technology and innovation needs, as embodied in agricultural development IPs, can be compared and contrasted with on-going and planned agricultural research investments in the region. The primary scope of R&D investments to be examined will be those of the CGIAR Consortium Research Programs (CRPs), and complementary activities by SROs and NARs.

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