In a little bit more than 24 hours, I will have the privilege of being part of and experiencing the buzz of the sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6) organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) which will be focusing on “Africa feeding Africa through agricultural science and innovation”.
The readers of this blog will definitely know that this theme is very close to IFAD’s heart and one that we – at IFAD – feel passionate about. At IFAD, we believe that Africa CAN feed Africa and more importantly we are convinced that Africa WILL feed Africa.
on 18 July 2013, IFAD President, Dr Kanayo Nwanze (@knwanze), a scientist by training and with a career spanning over three decades, will deliver the keynote address at the event highlighting the unprecedented opportunities that the agriculture sector offers and how by increasing investment in agriculture and in agricultural research, it is possible for Africa to FEED itself.
We are keen to hear about the innovations that researchers and scientists will be unveiling and discuss how:
- the development community can make sure that smallholder farmers can take full advantage of agricultural growth
- science and appropriate technology can bring about greater productivity, ensure food security for all, and doing all of this while respecting the environment.