African Union Commission Chair calls for the escalation of science, technology innovation in agriculture to stimulate an ‘African renaissance’
A delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) met with His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of African Union Commission (AUC) on Friday 14 July, 2017 in Addis Ababa.
The meeting discussed implementation strategies for the AU Agenda 2063, which recognises the need for the integration of science, technology and innovation for development. The meeting also noted the need for a focused continent wide program to strengthen higher agricultural education and knowledge generation for agricultural transformation in Africa.
“Research is fundamental for Africa’s growth. Unfortunately, mobility and south-south research cooperation in African remains difficult, due to border constraints. This needs to be redressed -” His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat.
His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat was accompanied by two Commissioners from the Departments of Rural Economy and Agriculture and Human Resources, Science and Technology Commissioners Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa and Paul De Martial Ikounga, respectively.
RUFORUM signed an MoU with the AUC in 2014 to support the implementation of Priority One on “Eradicating Hunger and Achieving Food and Nutrition Security”. The AUC Chair observed that the continent is richly endowed with natural resources and a young population yet many regions continue to suffer from famine and hunger. He called on the academia to work more closely with the private sector and other key players to respond to key challenges such as youth unemployment.
He commended RUFORUM for its efforts in strengthening postgraduate training in Africa, for facilitating academic mobility and relevance of university training. He also noted the new focus on enhancing university linkages with TVET institutions.
“We need to provide solutions for today’s problems in Africa through research” he remarked. “Africa is no longer satisfied with statements, Africa wants results. We have given great hope to our people and we must be accountable” said His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat.
His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat accepted RUFORUM’s invitation to the 6th Biennial Conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya. This conference will be held from 22 -26 October, 2018. Click here to download the full press release.