Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Launch of the Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) Fund

Dr. Dominique Charron of Canada’s IDRC 
and Ms. Mellissa Wood of the Australian ACIAR

16 July 2013. Accra, Ghana. The Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) Fund was launched during the 6th African Agriculture Science Week.

Version francaise: 
Le Canada et l’Australie: Unis contre la faim en Afrique
This is an open, competitive call for concept notes, and submissions may come from new or existing partnerships.

Read the Call for Concept Notes document for full details, including:
  • background and rationale of the CultiAF Fund
  • goal and key objectives of the Fund
  • eligibility for the Fund
  • selection process and criteria
  • timelines
  • concept note format and requirements
  • submission deadlines
Target Timelines
  • July 16, 2013: Launch of Call
  • September 20, 2013: Deadline for submission of concept notes
  • Mid-January, 2014: Successful applicants invited to develop full proposals
  • March 28, 2014: Deadline for submission of full proposals
  • June, 2014: Applicants informed of full proposals recommended forfunding
  • September 15, 2014: Projects begin
Eligible countries
Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Instructions for 2013 Call for Concept Notes Application form

Dr. Pascal Sanginga (IDRC Nairobi), Dr. Dominique Charron (IDRC),
Dr. Fina Opio of ASARECA, Prof. Timothy Simalenga 
of CCARDESA and Ms. Mellissa Wood of the Australian ACIAR
Dr. Innocent Butare (IDRC Nairobi)
The principle objective of the CultiAF Fund is to improve food security in 10 countries in east and southern Africa by funding applied research in agricultural development. An expected outcome is an increase in high-quality scientific research with a focus on the adoption of existing and new research results to tackle persistent problems of food insecurity.

The CultiAF Fund aims to address under–researched and under-utilized agricultural activities and research that exhibits high potential for being scaled up in use. By “scale up in use” it is intended that research will identify adoption pathways and actively involve the research end users who are necessary to take research findings to scale. Given the crowded agenda in some areas of agricultural research in Africa, the CultiAF Fund will seek to support complementary exploration and study where there is a solid research base, good absorptive capacity by national and regional African agricultural research systems, a favourable policy environment, and expressed need.

The CultiAF Fund will be managed in Nairobi by a new team established in IDRC.
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 
(ACIAR) - CEO Nick Austin, 
The Australian Foreign Minister - Bob Carr, 
The Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) -
Director Mellissa Wood, 
Commissioner Joanna Hewitt, 
Canada’s International Development Research Centre 
(IDRC) President - Jean Lebel.

Related PAEPARD blog post:

The Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) hosted the International Africa Forum, The Power of Partnerships and the AAUN Annual Meeting, on the 8-9 July 2013 at the University of Sydney, Australia. This event has been developed with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, who are celebrating their centenary year in 2013-14. The Forum will bring together Australian and African researchers, policy-makers, officials and other interested parties to discuss areas of mutual interest and agree on an action plan.

28-31/01/2013. Nairobi, Kenya. Innovation Platforms Workshop.

The ACIAR-sponsored Innovation Platforms (IP) workshop was convened by Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) to share experiences for people working in the agricultural sector in Africa with the by-line Innovation platforms for enhancing innovation and learning.

The workshop was attended by national research centre scientists, NGO staff, AusAID, CSIRO, and ACIAR staff and other stakeholders from southern, western and eastern Africa. Read more

Coming out of this workshop was a process where a guide (Draft, February 2013, 58 pages) was prepared by a select group and this guide was distributed to all participants and relevant stakeholders.

The guide on Innovation Platforms (IP) was followed up with a Training of Trainers workshop from the 13th to the 17th of May 2013, in Embu, Kenya.

No comments:

Post a Comment