News from FARA

ICRISAT receives Africa Food Prize

NAIROBI, KENYA — The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) on Sept. 8 was awarded the 2021 Africa Food Prize for work that has improved food security across 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

ICRISAT, a CGIAR Research Center, is a non-profit, non-political public international research organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world.

GFAR Secretariat Welcomes Prof. Dr. Hildegard Lingnau as GFAR Executive Secretary

The Secretariat of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) has the pleasure of announcing that our leadership structure is now complete, with the onboarding of Prof. Dr. Hildegard Lingnau as Executive Secretary on July 1st.

Hildegard will take responsibility for the efficient functioning of the GFAR Secretariat and make sure that the Secretariat supports partners in GFAR’s collective advocacy and actions – with particular attention to the voices and needs of farmers – to strengthen and transform agri-food innovation systems and processes.

High-Level Dialogue on Feeding Africa: Leadership to Scale up Successful Innovations

Despite positive and ongoing gains in economic development in many African countries, hunger is on the rise, impacting some 246 million people. The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the cracks in the continent’s food systems, already under strain from climate change, conflict and pests. Increased investments and expanded partnerships are urgently needed to promote Africa’s agricultural transformation through technology and innovation.


Advocating for Gender-Smart Investments In Advancing Science, Technology and Innovation within Africa’s AR4D


By; Karen Munoko Nguru

This year’s International Women’s Day is celebrated in such unprecedented times. As the continent and, more specifically, the agricultural community start to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic slowly, it presents an opportunity to build back better. However, to do that requires immediate, practical actions that choose to challenge the systemic issues that have prevented the full participation of women in Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D).

African Development Bank backs young ‘agripreneurs’ to beat climate change

Africa’s youth need investment, not ’empowerment’, to realise the continent’s potential and support food security, says the head of the African Development Bank

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Jan 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The African Development Bank plans to deploy billions of dollars to help young people build a new digitally-driven model of agriculture that can feed the continent’s people and boost prosperity even as the planet heats up, its president said.