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Second announcement: Fourth African Agricultural Science Week and FARA General Assembly
Theme: Promoting the productivity and competitiveness of African agriculture in a global economy

Sandton Convention Centre
Sandton city, Johannesburg, South Africa
10 June 2007 - 16 June 2007
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges FARA's website as the source of this information:


The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Affairs of South Africa will co-host the fourth (4th) General Assembly of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and FARA. The General Assembly will draw together representatives of FARA's constituents from all African and non-African institutions involved in African agricultural research and development such as the Sub-Regional Organizations (SROs) (ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD, SADC/FANR and Northern Africa - AARINENA), the agricultural research institutions, universities, NGOs and private enterprises that comprise the national agricultural research systems (NARS) , non-African partner research institutions (PRIs), the international agricultural research centers (IARCs), international NGOs, policy makers, private sector, farmers' organizations and Africa's development partners.


  • To hold the 4th African Agricultural Science Week and the 4th biennial FARA General Assembly.
  • To provide a forum where FARA's constituents can meet to review progress since the 3rd biennial General Assembly in June 2005 and, based on lessons learnt since then, determine the African regional agenda for agricultural research for development for the next biennium.
  • Within the African Agricultural Scientific Week, to hold a South Africa Agricultural Science day at which agricultural innovations will be exhibited to raise awareness amongst participants and the public about the relevance and impact of agricultural research in alleviating poverty, promoting food security and protecting the environment.
Expected Outputs

  • Increased knowledge of the problems, opportunities and successes in African agricultural research and development.
  • Greater awareness of the roles and contributions of different stakeholders and enhanced networking and interaction between them.
  • Greater appreciation amongst the participants and the public of the important contributions of agricultural research for development in Africa, especially in South Africa.
  • Endorsement of FARA's program for the next two years.
  • Election of new FARA Executive Committee members including Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.

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