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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rwanda to host 7th AASW, FARA Assembly

The city of Kigali in Rwanda would host the7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) General Assembly, from June 13- June 16 2016, NaijaAgroNet reports.

The event is the prime forum for stakeholders in African agriculture science, technology and innovation to take stock of their collective achievements over the past three years and chart a common agenda along with modalities for achieving their collective targets over the next three years.
With the theme “Apply Science, Impact Livelihoods,” the event would feature activities such as plenary sessions, an exhibition, the Rwanda day, to showcase its achievements in agricultural research and innovation and a business session.

The Executive Director of FARA, DrYemiAkinbamijo, while briefing journalists in Accra, said that the content of the programme would be organised around five sub-themes: institutional systems and policies for making science work for African agriculture, sustainable productivity growth, value chains and profitable agribusinesses.

DrAkinbamijo explained that FARA is the apex continental organisation responsible for coordinating and advocating agricultural research for development and also serves as the technical arm of the Africa Union Commission on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation. While speaking on the need to embrace technology in order to advance the sector, he added that African countries agriculture production is low because, it depends on old system of farming.

Co-organisers of the event alongside FARA, are: sub-regional Agricultural Research Organisations, African Union Commission and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Education Networks, The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation and the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture.

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