Presentation and Budget

2003 will be a crucial year for agricultural negotiations. August will see the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun during which member states will not only spell out their agricultural commitments, but also make trade-offs between sectors, since nothing can be finalised until agreement has been reached on all aspects. At the same time, under the Cotonou Agreements, the ACP countries and the European Union have been negotiating since September 2002 on a total overhaul of EU-ACP trade relations including the institution of free trade agreements (or economic partnership agreements - EPAs).

Report on the IFAP Science and Technology Committee Meeting At the 35 World Farmer¿s Congress, Gizah 2002 sunday, may 26, 2002

The discussion focused on farmer and Farmer¿s Organisation participation in Agricultural Research, particularly with the breakdown of the Researcher-Extension Worker-Farmer triangle. A strong outcome of the meeting was the suggestions with regards to rebuilding the researcher- scientist relationship so that farmers can ensure that research is user- oriented and relevant to their needs.

Workshop Highlights ASFARNET Workshop on Biotechnology Promotion and Exchange on Agricultural

The workshop on biotechnology is the result of cooperation between Asian Farmers Network (ASFARNET) and International Service for Acquisition of Agric-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Workshop on Biotechnology Promotion and Exchange on Agricultural was held on November 28 ¿ December 1, 2004 in Hotel Salak, Bogor. In this workshop, various discussions and material presentations were given by experts on biotechnology. Also conducted, numerous field observations to Biotechnology Research Center in Cimanggu ¿ Bogor and network Culture Company in Cikupa ¿ Banten.

Concept note to Ford Foundation. Research-extension-farmer linkages (REF) for East and Southern Africa

Whereas all groups involved in agricultural research claim to focus on poverty and food security for the poor, this rhetoric has not been followed through to the strategic principles operational in programmes. The poor remain subjects of discussion, monitoring and evaluation, and have not been actively involved in research processes intended to benefit them. This has become the main concern of the NGO committee of the consultative Group for International Agricultural research (NGOC), and preoccupation of the members in the regions.

Sub Saharan African Challenge program. Program formulation workshop held at Novotel in Accra, Ghana March 10-13 2003. Workshop documentation

The Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme Workshop was indeed a ¿workshop¿. It was characterised by intense roundtable debates and energetic breakout group discussions that were well informed by briefings on the new paradigm for integrated natural resource management and its key programmatic and institutional components. The discussions were frank and did not avoid controversies. This demonstrated very clearly that the SSA CP is proposing a new and different way of conducting agricultural research for Africa¿s

GFAR Position Paper on World Bank/European Union Concept Note: ¿Increasing and Sustaining Productivity in African Agriculture: the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS)¿

GFAR fully endorses the World Bank/European Union (WB/EU) concept note focusing on increasing and sustaining the productivity of African agriculture. There is consensus that African National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) are in dire need of increased and stable funding support. Unfortunately even as African NARS are being urged to undergo major institutional and policy adjustments to more effectively and efficiently address the daunting challenges of fighting poverty, hunger and food insecurity, their budgets continue to be drastically slashed.

CGIAR And IARC Governance, Organisation And Structure An African Perspective

Since the early 1990s, there has been an increasing concern on the impact of agricultural research systems in sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and production and thus contributing to economic growth and poverty eradication. Nowhere has this concern been more pronounced than in sub-Saharan Africa.