Knowledge for Development

Knowledge for development

This website supports the policy dialogue on S&T for agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It enables the ACP scientific community - primarily agricultural research and development scientists and technologists, policy makers, farmers and other stakeholders and actors - to share and review results of national and regional efforts and collaborate to harness science and technology for the development of agriculture in their countries.

Key messages - International Forum 'Unleashing Science, Technology and Innovation for Food and nutrition security'

by Judith Francis, Senior programme coordinator, Science & Technology Policy, CTA
Key messages: 1) Access to food is a human right & 2) We need impact and we must avoid the blame game.   24/10/2014

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

by John Mugabe, Professor at Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria, South Africa
Key message: FNS and STI policies need implementation and evaluation mechanisms 24/10/2014

Food and Nutrition Security Challenges in Ethiopia and the role of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (EATA) in facilitating Technology Access and Adoption - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Seife Ayele, Director for Technology Access and Adoption, Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Key message: Put value on indigenous crops, mechanize & engage farmers.   24/10/2014

Research, Higher Education and Innovation: Implications for Public Policy - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Merle Jacobs, Professor in Research Policy at Lund University, Sweden and UNESCO Chair in Research Management and Innovation Systems
Key message: Holistic development is needed for impact  24/10/2014

Controversies of Intellectual Property Rights in Food and Nutrition Security - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Isaac Rutenberg, Director, Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore Law School, Nairobi, Kenya
Key message: Competing evidence will always exist. 24/10/2014

Harnessing the Power of Higher Education for Global Food and Nutrition Security - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Roseanna Avento, Coordinator at the Department of Biology, Kuopio Campus, University of Eastern, Finland (UEF), Kuopio, Finland
Key message: We need to understand the context to make a difference. 24/10/2014

Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Managing Director, Centre for Phytotherapy Research (CEPHYR), Mauritus
Key message: Science by itself cannot deliver innovation. 24/10/2014
Key message: Build on comparative advantage and engage farmers. 24/10/2014
Key message: New incentives & reward structures are needed. 24/10/2014

Supply Chain Management and Food Security during Crises - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Gyongyi Kovacs, Director of the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute), Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Key message: Learn from the past and do better. 24/10/2014

FOODSECURE: Agricultural Commodity Markets and Commodity Exchanges - Recent Research Findings - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Gerdien Meijerink, Head of Department (International Policy, Trade and Markets), LEI Landbouw Economisch Instituut, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands
Key message: Markets for farmers are important in addressing FNS. 24/10/2014

Innovation Systems and Inclusive Growth - CTA FNS Forum 2014

by Lynn K. Mytelka, Professorial Fellow, UNU – MERIT, France
Key message: Recognise local concerns, interests and needs, as they strengthen measures that are supportive of the change/innovation process 24/10/2014
Key message: Smallholder farmers are not the problem. 24/10/2014
CTA organised the CTA Top 20 cross-learning write-shop from 13-17 October 2014. The meeting brought together authors and case owners of the CTA Top 20 innovations, technical experts, editors and designers to produce: (i) Fact sheets, guidebooks and posters of the CTA Top 20 innovations for widespread dissemination in print and electronic formats; (ii) a publication/manuscript consisting of the CTA Top 20 innovations as case stories and; (iii) a technical report on the CTA Top 20 as input into a policy brief on scaling up innovations. It is expected that by increasing access to existing knowledge on the CTA Top 20 innovations, this will contribute to increasing productivity and earning potential of smallholder farmers. The write-shop was a success. For more details about the write-shop, click here. 22/10/2014