Knowledge for Development

Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security - CTA FNS Forum 2014

Author: John Mugabe, Professor at Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria, South Africa

Date: 24/10/2014


  • Key message: FNS and STI policies need implementation and evaluation mechanisms


Presentation highlights:

  • ST&I for human development and for FNS is a national security issue
  • Political commitment exists in Africa (& C, P countries) but what indicators will we use to measure impact of policies on agriculture and FNS; 
  • Traditional ST&I input and output indicators are not enough
  • Good governance on ST&I means transparency, accountability and participation

About John Mugabe:

John is teaching in Science and Innovation Policy. He also is an Associate of the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), Geneva. Between 2002 and 2008 he was the Science and Technology Advisor to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and was the Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) 1995 to 2002. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) since 2001 and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) since 2013. He holds a doctorate degree in political economy of science and technology from the Department of International Relations of the University of Amsterdam. Prof. Mugabe is a Director of the Science and Innovation Policy Studies (SIPS) Corporation and chairperson of the Board of Directors of AfricaBio. He has published widely on science, technology and environmental policy in Africa. His current research focuses on the political economy of science and innovation policy-making in Africa. 

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