|FANRPAN and AATF sign partnership agreement
|24 July 2013
The challenges for agricultural development in Africa require concerted efforts to exploit the opportunities for scientific and technological revolution, which must be implemented to improve agricultural production and productivity on the continent.
It is recognition of this fact that the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) have signed a cooperative agreement that seeks to foster collaboration and strengthen the working relationship between FANRPAN and AATF to accelerate Africa’s quest to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition and improve the general well-being of its people.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda (FANRPAN Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission) and Dr Denis T. Kyetere (AATF Executive Director) on 18 July 2013 in Accra, Ghana, on the sidelines of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week on the theme “Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation”.
AATF is a charitable foundation registered under the laws of England and Wales to facilitate and promote partnerships with public and private sector entities designed to remove the barriers that have prevented smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from gaining access to agricultural technologies that could help achieve food security and reduce poverty. AATF’s primary objectives include to:
- Access appropriate agricultural technologies for the benefit of smallholder farmers in SSA;
- Facilitate development and adaptation of accessed technologies;
- Facilitate delivery and commercialization of technologies and products; and
- Support the development of enabling policies in accessing, developing and delivery of technologies.
The agreement with AATF brings to 58 the total number of cooperative agreements that FANRPAN has signed since 2002 with governments, CGIAR centres, policy and research institutes, farmer organisations, the private sector and NGOs working in the food, agriculture and natural resources sector across the continent.