Social reporter Keron Bascombe reports on the presentations that took place at the CTA/WUR pre-conference event before GCARD2 (28 October 2012). Read his summary below, or here.Click to read KEY MESSAGES.PRESENTATIONS: Leslie A. Simpson: 'Innovative On-farm Water Management for increased Food Production in Jamaica'Adrian Trotman: 'Toward Efficient Water Management for Agriculture in a Changing Climate: The Caribbean Context'Olivia Mchaju Liwewe: 'Women and youth: the untapped Agents for Sustainable Water Resource Management in the Green Economy'Jochen Froebrich: 'Greening Rural Development and Growth in Sub Sahara Africa'Norman Uphoff: 'Integrating Agroecological Crop Management within Integrated Water Resource Management: Lessons from Experience with SRI'Viliamu Iese: 'Green Growth, Climate Change, Food Security and Water in Pacific Island Countries'
The report of the 10th meeting of ACP/EU think tank comprising senior level ACP and EU scientists, policymakers and other key stakeholders in the Commonwealth of Dominica from 9–13 October, 2011 is now available. The theme of the meeting was ‘Science and Technology for ACP Agricultural & Rural Development: Safeguarding the ACP Food System through Science, Technology and Innovation’. The Advisory Committee concluded that ACP countries face a daunting challenge regarding food and nutrition security and climate change and need to act urgently by adopting systematic, focused and evidence-based approaches in partnership with strategic allies (north-south and south-south). The opportunity for the private sector to fund research also needs to be tapped. The AC agreed that, there is clear evidence that research and development are central to agricultural reform and modernization and for increased national funding to support public sector research and for leveraging the best in international scientific cooperation. There is also the critical issue of data and information gaps to support development of evidence-based approaches to inform policy and action: e.g. points along the value chain where post harvest losses occur; the different attributes of different commodities; and market intelligence and the use of foresight methods, to be applied. Analysing postharvest knowledge systems was considered a priority within the context of the ACP food system.Click to access earlier documents and key notes related to the 10th meeting.
The Advisory Committee (AC) on Science and Technology for ACP Agricultural and Rural Development issued a communiqué at the end of their 9th meeting in South Africa from 22 – 26 November 2010 on “Science, Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation: Implications for ACP Agriculture”.Earlier documents and key notes related to the 9th meeting have been published here.
The theme for the 9th AC meeting in South Africa is ‘Science, Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation: Implications for ACP Agriculture’ and it is preceded by the annual e-consultation. This focus is appropriate as AC members continue their efforts to advocate for policy and institutional change and adequate financial resources, for undertaking innovative research and teaching and adapting existing knowledge in support of socio-economic development. The definition, articulation and promotion of scientific knowledge as being inclusive and the shared recognition of the need for continuous engagement with policymakers and other stakeholders and greater linkage between science and society are very relevant to future innovation in and development of agriculture which remains the mainstay of several ACP economies.The workshop programme can be downloaded below (DOC file). It presents the day-to-day programme of the workshop.Venue: Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, South Africa.Dates: 22-26 November 2010, check document for time schedule.Updates as of December 2010: - Read the 9th AC Meeting's "Key messages" by Judith Ann Francis - Read the presentation by Dr. Yonah Seleti on indigeneous knowledge in the bio-economy in AfricaUpdates as of January 2011:- Keynote address by Pr. Gérard Toulouse "Making Science more Inclusive: The history of knowledge production"- Presentation and article by Prof. Ermias Dagne, "Validating traditional medicines"Updates as of February 2011:- Final communiqué by Judith A. Francis.
Monday 22 November 2010 - Friday 26 November 2010
The Advisory Committ ee on S&T for ACP Agricultural and Rural Development (AC) is a think tank of leading ACP experts who meet regularly to deliberate on critical issues concerning ACP agriculture. In 2009, the AC had at the top of its agenda the issue of ICTs transforming agricultural science and innovation: implications for ACP agriculture. The AC further explored the key scientific disciplines that would be needed for transforming ACP agriculture, the opportunities new technologies such as ICTs and nano- and biotechnology offer for improving agricultural research and innovation and the investments needed in research infrastructure to allow ACP scientists to actually use and benefit from these technologies.
The theme of the 8th meeting of the Advisory Committee on STI was “ICT’s transforming agricultural science and innovation: implications for ACP agriculture”. The meeting comprised of plenary sessions with presentations from the different organisations represented and focussed on the use of ICT’s in different contexts and the potential it has for agricultural development. Besides, the participants worked in groups to discuss specific issues. To streamline these sessions use was made of software developed by WING in Wageningen. The issue of young professional integration was raised several times. Some presentations referred to it in the context of the development of university curricula and promotion of agricultural education, other made special reference to young agricultural entrepreneurs, the issue of interesting girls and maintaining youth in agriculture was also raised several times.
CTA will convene the 8th annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Science & Technology (S&T) for ACP Agricultural and Rural Development in Montpellier (France) on 16–20 November 2009. The theme of the meeting is ‘ICTs transforming agricultural science and innovation: implications for ACP agriculture’. In preparation for this meeting, CTA conducted an e-consultation among the experts invited to attend. The e-consultation was facilitated by Contactivity in consultation and collaboration with CTA.
ICTs transforming agricultural science and innovation – implications for ACP agricultureThe ACP agricultural sector faces numerous challenges in effectively satisfying the food and nutrition needs of its growing population and the requirements for competing in global markets in addition to fulfilling its role as a driver of economic growth and social development. These challenges are compounded by (i) under investments in agriculture, science, research, tertiary education and inadequate physical infrastructure, (ii) dwindling natural resource base – land and water, climate change and soil degradation, (iii) declining human resource base with the necessary competencies and skills to generate, access, contextualize and optimize knowledge and technologies, (iv) inadequate recognition of local / traditional knowledge and (v) the global economic meltdown and energy crisis. ICTs hold the potential but there is need to overcome the barriers to making optimum use of science and technological innovations if the ACP region is to fully participate in the global knowledge system for improving ACP agricultural performance. Investments in physical infrastructure and human resource development must increase.
Monday 16 November 2009 - Monday 09 November 2009
CTA convened the 6th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Science & Technology (S&T) for ACP Agricultural and Rural Development from November 12 – 16, 2007 at its Headquarters in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Advancing the ST&I Policy Dialogue – Increasing Performance and Impact”. The overall objective of the meeting was to strengthen inter and intra-regional ACP and ACP/EU ST&I collaboration for directing the ST&I policy agenda to enhance agricultural performance in the ACP Group of States. Over the five day period, the Advisory Committee: Discussed ST&I developments and related issues which impact on the future of ACP agricultural and rural development and identified strategies for influencing the agricultural science technology and innovation (ASTI) policy processes. Intellectual property rights as a strategy for sustaining innovation was given special attention; Reviewed and made recommendations for finalizing the draft ACP policy briefs on Biofuels, Fisheries and Livestock, approved them in principle and developed strategies for their wider dissemination in the ACP region; and Reviewed and approved proposals for operationalizing the CTA’s Science and Technology Strategies programme 2008 – 2010 including strengthening the Advisory Committee and redesigning the knowledge for development web portal http://knowledge.cta.int. The main presentations are available at the website, click here.