ANAFE to collaborate with FARA on e-Capacities platform for tertiary agricultural education in Africa

ecapacitiesThe Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has launched a human capacity database for African tertiary education in agriculture and natural resources

A recent World Bank report titled ‘Cultivating Knowledge to grow agriculture’ lamented the decline in the quality of African tertiary education in agriculture and natural resources. The report highlighted the dire consequences for African social and economic development of not acting urgently to improve the delivery of tertiary agriculture and natural resources education. In response to the findings of the report, FARA has initiated a new platform to facilitate the production of updated analysis at any time for use in directing future investments in strengthening Africa’s capacity to build capacity to areas in most urgent need which together will maximise the returns to the total investment by government, development partners and foundations. ANAFE, which is one of the largest networks of agricultural and natural resources education institutions in Africa, is expected to play a major role in mobilizing its member institutions to take full advantage of this platform. Dubbed e-capacities, the platform will present the totality of initiatives aimed at strengthening Africa’s capacity to build capacity in tertiary agricultural and natural resources education, revealing duplications and gaps and articulating the opportunities for high-impact investments as a tool for guiding investment in building the human capacity required to achieve Africa’s vision for Agriculture. Its core objectives include; Collation demand information and supply information; articulating demand and supply, and linking on-going and pipeline activities. This initiative is expected to address concerns on the quality of African tertiary education in agriculture and natural resources. A training workshop was held in Accra Ghana on 12-13 May, 2015, to equip relevant stakeholders agricultural with the requisite skills and competencies to effectively interact with the platform. Focal person from relevant institutions from across Africa will be identified to update the platform with relevant information relating to the human capacity in agriculture and natural resources education in Africa.