ANAFE and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) are set to strengthen their mutually strategic relationship to advance agribusiness education, training, research and practice in Africa. The two organizations reaffirmed their commitments to work together during FARA’s 15th anniversary celebrations held on 24-28, November, 2015 in South Africa.
ANAFE was represented by the Executive Secretary, Dr Aissetou Yaye; Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr Sebastian Chakeredza and Programme Officer, James Aucha. During the event, the ANAFE delegation took the opportunity to review progress with regard to its partnership with FARA and explore other avenues for working together. The FARA celebrations provided a good opportunity for ANAFE to meet different stakeholders especially during the exhibitions.
ANAFE and FARA have formed a formidable partnership in agricultural education especially in relation to reviewing and developing agribusiness curricula. The new enterprise-focused agribusiness curriculum, produced jointly by ANAFE, FARA and other partners operating under the UniBRAIN umbrella, was the centre of attention especially from higher education institutions who expressed interest in initiating or revising their agribusiness programs. The commitment by the African Development Bank to elevate agribusiness as a stand-alone pillar in their 2015-2019 Strategy makes the curriculum a strategic link for universities and colleges to align their agribusiness development with the African Union as elucidated by the African Development Bank Plan.
ANAFE has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four universities to implement the curriculum at different levels. They are Rongo University College (BSc level), Taita-Taveta University College (Certificate, Diploma and BSc levels) and Strathmore Business School (Master’s level), all from Kenya; and Mulungushi University (Masters and PhD levels) in Zambia. ANAFE and other institutions are in the process of finalizing MoUs for implementing the curriculum.
During the celebrations, UniBRAIN hosted two side events: the African Agribusiness Incubation Programme (AAIP) sensitization workshop and the inaugural Annual Conference of the Africa Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN). Both events focused on up-scaling and out-scaling the success from UniBRAIN for a wider impact in Africa.