There is a global awareness that if agricultural research for development is to have a positive impact on the beneficiaries of development efforts, all stakeholders in the process need to be on the same page. Donors, partners, collaborators, and beneficiaries of agricultural research can all contribute to address the challenges of agricultural development and food security for all.
Our community, comprised of donors/investors, partners, collaborators, and networks, and beneficiaries is part of this global partnership that works towards the common goals of alleviating poverty and reducing hunger in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Agricultural development is a long-term process that needs sustainable financial resources to meet its objectives. Our donors and investors make a commitment to fund specific projects and provide essential assistance for research for development, training, and capacity building.
- IARCs have a comparative advantage in strategic and applied research, and work closely with national agricultural research systems in developing countries. Most IARCs are headquartered in developing countries and/or have regional offices in a wide array of locations around the developing world. This gives them the advantage of being able to work closely with NARS as partners.
- National agricultural research systems (NARS) have the primary responsibility for generating, adapting, and transferring technologies that farmers need to ensure food security and equitable, sustainable development. NARS comprise not only the national agricultural research institutes (NARIs) of a country or region, but also universities, the private sector, extension services, NGOs, and farmer organizations.
- The private sector is a large and very diverse constituency, composed of small to large private and parastatal companies, and of associations representing them. The private sector is active in the whole agri-food chain, from agricultural inputs (seeds, crop protection, fertilizers) to the food industry.
- The NGO constituency is large and loosely knit. They have the capacity and commitment for technology implementation and outreach programs. They are able to translate research into direct benefits for farmers and ensure a civil society voice in multistakeholder research agendas.
- Agricultural development projects (ADP) were created to increase farm production and welfare among smallholders in Nigeria. ADPs have evolved to be "permanent" institutions for rural infrastructural development and agricultural services.
- Ministries of Agriculture coordinate country-specific policy and regulate responsibilities of all sectors of agriculture.
AATF African Agricultural Technology Foundation
ASARECA Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa
CORAF/WECARD West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development
CTA Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation
DANIDA Danish International Development Agency - Danish English
ESARRN East and Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FARA Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
GRENEWECA Genetic Resources Network for West and Central Africa
GTZ Deutsche Gesellschaft for für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for Technical Cooperation)
IDRC International Development Research Centre, Canada
IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
INIBAP International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain
JIRCAS Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
NPQS Nigeria Plant Quarantine Service
NRI Natural Resources Institute (UK)
SADC/FANR Southern African Development Community - Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate
WECAMAN West and Central Africa Collaborative Maize Research Network
Advanced research institutes (ARIs)
CCAM Centre des Cultures Alimentaires de Mesquisa, Sao Tome & Principe
CIRAD Centre de cooperation internationale en recherché agronomique pour le Developement
CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana
DGRST Direction général de la recherché scientifique et technique, Congo
DNRA Direction national de la recherche agronomique, Togo
DRA Direction de la recherche agronomique, Bénin
DRTA Direction de la Recherche et de la Technologie Agricoles, Chad
IAR Institute of Agricultural Research, Njala, Sierra Leone
IAR Institute of Agricultural Research, Zaria, Nigeria
IAR&T Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan, Nigeria
IDESSA Institut des savanes, Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire
IER Institut d’economie rurale, Mali
INERA Institut National d’Etudes et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso
IRA Institut de la Recherche Agronomique, Cameroon
IRAG Institut de recherche agronomique du Guinee, Guinea (Conakry)
ISAR Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Rwanda
ITRA Institut togolais des recherche agricoles
NARO National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda
NRCRI National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Nigeria
SENARAV Service National de la Recherche Appliquee et Vulgarisation, Democratic Republic of Congo
ABU Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
DU Dschang University, Cameroon
KUL Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
KVL formerly Kgl Veterinær-og Landbohøjskole (Royal Veterinary and Agriculture University, Denmark, now University of Copenhagen)
MSU Michigan State University
MU Mondalane University
OAU Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
UH University of Hohenheim, Federal Republic Germany
UI University of Ibadan, Nigeria
UNN University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Farmers' organizations are a relatively untapped resource and have the potential to play an important role in developing a strong "social capital" in rural areas that is regarded as a prerequisite for food security and sustainable development. They can be the voice at the global, regional, and national levels.
IFAP International Federation of Agricultural Producers