15 July 2013 (Accra, Ghana) — Africa feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation is this year’s theme at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) which kicks off on the 15th of July, 2013 in Accra, Ghana. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to convene to discuss the role of agricultural science and innovation in finding and strengthening local solutions to the urgent food security challenges in Africa. In attendance will be more than 60 scientists and experts from across the CGIAR Consortium, representing many of the CGIAR’s Centers and Research Programs.
The CGIAR Consortium is a partnership of 15 of the world’s leading Research Centers, working in collaboration with a multitude of partners at local, regional and international levels. More than 50% of CGIAR’s funding is driven towards a solutions-based research approach, in support of improving food security in Africa. Its work in the region is more critical than ever, given its proven track in translating its research findings into practical home-grown solutions to associated challenges.
Speaking at the opening of Africa Agriculture Science Week, Dr Frank Rijsberman, Chief Executive Officer of the CGIAR Consortium, said:
“The CGIAR Consortium is delighted to be attending the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week, taking place in Ghana this week, and is demonstrating its commitment to Africa through a significant presence of our Research Centers and Research Programs.
CGIAR research is helping to improve food security, health and nutrition and natural resource management, alongside reducing poverty and mitigating and adapting to climate change across Africa. This demonstrates the vital role that research has to play in providing solutions to some of the biggest challenges that the region and world are facing.”
CGIAR’s research is helping Africa feed Africa through an integrated approach across its research Centers and Research Programs, that tackle cross-cutting issues which impact agricultural development. The experience and breadth of CGIAR’s research allows its programs to leverage its global research on agricultural systems and associated issues – including crop varieties, agroforestry, aquaculture, climate change and livestock and natural resource management – to improve livelihoods, food security, and health in sustainable ways.
Africa Agriculture Science Week, hosted by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, runs from Monday 15th – Saturday 20th July 2013 at the International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana. Representatives from eleven CGIAR Research Centers and six CGIAR Research Programs will attend and participate in key events throughout the week, to demonstrate their contributions to Africa’s agricultural progress. This includes side events, a number of which are being hosted by CGIAR Research Centers and Research Programs, and a plenary session, at which Dr Rijsberman will be speaking on 19th July (2.15-2.30pm) on the topic of ‘The challenge of food security and the evolution of CGIAR’.
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To learn more and meet with representatives from CGIAR Research Centers and Research Programs, visit booth numbers 24, 26, 36 & 38 at Africa Agriculture Science Week.