12 April 2013. The government of Botswana is hosting Southern Africa’s Agricultural research regional offices at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters.
The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) mandate is to coordinate agricultural research and development in Southern Africa.
Dr Enos Shumba, CCARDESA Board Chairperson, applauded the government for their noble gesture and implored them to use the presence of the centre as a springboard for research in livestock. Shumba said although CCARDESA is a subsidiary of the SADC organisation with full autonomy, it maintained a formal linkage to SADC on policy related issues. He said its autonomy helps in ensuring accountability by the organisation.
CCARDESA which was established in 2011 addresses agricultural issues in the region by amongst others, facilitating collaboration among stakeholders of the national agricultural research and development and promote public-private partnerships in regional agricultural research and development.
The strategic goal of CCARDESA is to among others, make significant contribution to the reduction of food insecurity in the region with a population of 250 million people, in support of SADC’s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on Agriculture