Date: 15-20 July, 2013
Venue: Accra International Conference Centre
Location: Accra, Ghana
Every three years, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) convenes a continental gathering of its stakeholders. The purpose of the event is to create an open space for networking and exchanging knowledge. At the end of the week, FARA’s General Assembly will also meet to ratify major decisions on the future of FARA.
The event is a high-level forum for key decision makers within and outside Africa: ministers, agribusiness leaders, agricultural scientists and key figures in civil society and farmers’ organizations.
The theme of the event is Africa feeding Africa through agricultural science and innovation. It will include sessions on education and human resource development, innovations to improve productivity and resilience, moving from competition to collaboration, and innovative financing and investment in agriculture.
Addressing the gender disparities between women and men farmers in the developing world represents a significant development potential in itself. The FAO 2011 State of Food and Agriculture report estimates that if women had the same access to production resources as men, they could increase yields on their fields by 20-30%. According to FAO, this alone would raise total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5-4%, which, in turn, could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17% or 100-150 million people.
The meeting was led by SAGARPA Undersecretary for Agriculture, Mariano Ruiz-Funes Macedo, Hans Braun, Director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program, and Bram Govaerts, leader of the Take it to the Farmer component of MasAgro.
This paper evaluates the ex post impact of adopting improved groundnut varieties on crop income and poverty in rural Uganda. The study utilizes cross-sectional data of 927 households, collected in 2006, from seven districts in Uganda. Using propensity score matching methods, we find that adopting improved groundnut varieties (technology) significantly increases crop income and reduces poverty. The positive and significant impact on crop income is consistent with the perceived role of new agricultural technologies in reducing rural poverty through increased farm household income. This study supports broader investment in agriculture research to address vital development challenges. Reaching the poor with better technologies however requires policy support for improving extension efforts, access to seeds and market outlets that simulate adoption.