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Friday, September 25, 2020

FARA, TETFUND, UFV launch governance framework for agro-research and innovation - NaijaAgroNet


The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund of Nigeria (TETFund) and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) – Brazil had launched the Governance Framework for the Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA), reports NaijaAgroNet.

This launch was based within the context of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and climaxed the two years of preparatory work and series of engagements with various stakeholders. 

This event places Nigeria as the first country to take advantage of the FARA-led ARIFA.

ARIFA is a component of FARA’s Holistic Empowerment for Livelihoods Program (HELP), which responds to the growing need for ‘fit-for-purpose’ agricultural research for development capacity in Africa. ARIFA aims to produce a new generation of ‘fit-for-purpose’ workforce to reengineer the African agri-food sector, by applying the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach and the Innovation Platform concept to drive agricultural transformation and industrialization on the continent.

Under the FARA-TETFund-UFV partnership, TETFund will provide financial support to train 120 Nigerian academics in tailor-made MSc/PhD programs covering various fields related to agriculture at Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) in Brazil. All ARIFA TETFund- sponsored scholars in the programme have been offered a tuition waiver for the courses of their choice.

ARIFA draws its uniqueness from organizing the fellowship recipients into cohorts of students assembled to acquire the full complement of skills and competences required by specific agricultural value chains. The Working Document and the Governance Structure have been put in place to kick start the implementation of the Brazilian component of the ARIFA programme from November 2020.

FARA has had a long-standing relationship with Brazil, having leveraged the South-South and Triangular Cooperation to establish and operationalize the Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace and M-BoSs: building on the successes of the Marketplace both hosted by EMPRAPA.

FARA has also entered into partnership with Instituto Brasil-Africa (IBA), Fortaleza, Brazil to serve as a platform for connecting Brazilian and African agribusiness sectors to take advantage of innovation- driven agribusiness opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; and to leverage the power of Brazilian agricultural research and development facilities and the state-of-the art technologies.

Isaac Oyimah/Editor

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