ASARECA/AAIN partnership to create jobs for youth, income and food security for poor households

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Dr. Alex Ariho (left) and Dr. Cyprian Ebong share the MOU

Creating jobs, especially for the youth in agricultural commodity value chains, stimulating wealth creation, and ensuring food and nutritional security: These are the three priorities that the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) have identified as key pillars in a strengthened partnership between the two institutions.

MoU signed

To implement the priorities, AAIN and ASARECA recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support and accelerate the commercialisation of technologies from scientific research.

The understanding paves way for AAIN and ASARECA to develop a commercialisation strategy of technologies profiled by ASARECA and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) during the implementation of UniBRAIN, the predecessor of AAIN.

Speaking after signing the MoU, the Chief Executive Officer AAIN, Dr Alex Ariho said, “This is as testament and commitment to the change the world and Africa wants to see. We are breaking the barriers of scientific research allowing high quality innovations and technologies to contribute in transforming society, creating jobs and feeding the masses sustainably.”

His counterpart, the ASARECA Interim Executive Secretary, Dr Cyprian Ebong said, ”The partnership is an important ingredient for ASARECA to fulfill its mission to contribute to increased productivity, commercialization and competitiveness of the ASARECA sub-region agricultural sector.”

Developing innovations for business incubation

The partnership will focus on developing innovations for agribusiness incubation, start-up and commercialization for inclusive growth through the development and implementation of programs that enhance knowledge, information, and best practices in Africa.

It will also leverage and enhance the options for international and intra-continental cooperation and resource mobilization to support research and agricultural knowledge management, and contribute towards policy advocacy in harnessing current and emerging food and nutrition security challenges for pro-poor investments and inclusive growth.

At a technical level, the AAIN/ASARECA partnership aims to enhance cooperation on thematic areas of common interest namely; packaging innovations for incubation and incubation processes, human and institutional capacity development, exchange of information and brokering of knowledge and dialogue on regional platforms for science, technology and innovation (STI).

Joint preparation and implementation of projects

It will also boost the development of economic policies and markets in Africa to complement the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) under the auspices of FARA and sub-regional organizations. This will be supported through collaboration in joint preparation and implementation of agricultural research for development (AR4D) programmes focusing on technology testing, and incubation for commercialization.

Knowledge and information management

The partnership will contribute towards institutional strengthening of African regional organizations on incubation in the context of regional integration, trade and policy frameworks and processes. It will also leverage knowledge and information management on a range of activities, especially on agribusiness and agribusiness incubation, policy backstopping, targeted crop and livestock value chains. Importantly, the partnership will train and build capacity in entrepreneurship, intellectual property rights, and foresight studies, among others.

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Date Published: 
Thursday, 31 August 2017