The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) on 15-16 September, 2015 convened a stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi to develop an Implementation Plan for the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa Priority One. This was a follow up of the earlier meeting in March, 2015, where the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Coordinating Agency (NPCA) met with key stakeholders in South Africa to agree on a roadmap and framework for implementing the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA 2024).
During his opening remarks, Honourable Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, the Malawi Minister of Education, Science and Technology emphasised the need to enhance cooperation and coordination of sectors of education, science, technology and agriculture within Malawi and other countries for STISTA 2024 to flourish. He noted the importance of strengthening linkages between universities and agricultural institutions.
RUFORUM’s focus under the STISTA 2024 mechanism is on Priority One of eradication of hunger and achieving food security. This is as part of its commitment under the MoU between RUFORUM and Africa Union Commission (AUC) signed in Mozambique during the RUFORUM Biennial Conference in July 2014. RUFORUM is also keen to ensure that human capital development, particularly at postgraduate level, is strengthened to support operations of all the six STISA Priority areas. STISTA 2024 provides an important mechanism for RUFORUM and African universities to contribute towards the Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want”.
The two day meeting was concluded with commitment from the Government of Malawi to support and champion the implementation of STISTA 2024. The meeting was organised by the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and hosted by RUFORUM, African Union Commission and the Government of Malawi.
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