Cairo, 13th March 2019
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation launched the official site of the 8th African Agriculture Science Week (AASW8) and the FARA General Assembly (GA). The event was coordinated by the Local Organizing Committee of AASW8 domiciled in the Egyptian Agricultural Research Council (ARC). While launching the site and registering as the first official participant to the Science Week, Professor Ezz El-Din Abusteiet, the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, conveyed the commitment of the Egyptian Government, under the leadership of His Excellency President Abdelfattah El-Sisi, to extend a helping hand to the rest of Africa in supporting Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) towards making the continent food and nutrition secure. Recognizing that the AASW8 is coming at a time when the Arab Republic of Egypt is at the presidency of the African Union, Prof. Abusteiet further stated that the Egyptian government recognizes the meeting as a landmark linkage between Egypt and the rest of Africa to strengthen research, trade and knowledge exchange in the context of achieving the targets of the Malabo Declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods.
Thanking the Egyptian Government, the Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo stated that the launching of the website was taking place following significant progress and partnership in FARA’s engagement with ARC since the signing of the agreement of the hosting right with the Egyptian government. Dr. Akinbamijo further conveyed the goodwill message of FARA’s Board Chair, Dr. Ephraim Mukisira, who expressed FARA’s gratitude for the unflinching support of the Arab Republic of Egypt and show of commitment in hosting the event.
The theme for the 8th African Agriculture Science Week is Innovations, Institutions and People. The AASW and FARA GA meeting is the principal forum for all stakeholders in African agriculture Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to reflect on their achievements and craft strategies and actions aimed at enhancing the contribution of agriculture STI towards accelerating the continent’s economic and social transformation. This event is organized every three years. The last such event, the 7th AASW and FARA GA, were held in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2016.
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