28-29 May 2014. Addis Ababa. ICARDA has launched a Sub-Saharan research and innovation platform.
The countries partnering on the regional initiative – Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Somalia, and Djibouti – are set to gain from the fully participatory approach of the program right from the onset.
A two-day program launch and consultation event
, provided an opportunity for heads and members of the National Agricultural Research Systems of all six countries to steer the research agenda to ensure the initiative responds to their national priorities, needs and challenges.
The research agenda further benefited from insights and active participation of several alliances that play a major role in sustainable agricultural development in the region, such as the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA
), Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA
), African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS
), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD
), and CCARDESA