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CTA at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week and the FARA General Assembly

June 10, 2016

CTA is participating at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) and the General assembly of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) from 12 to 16 June 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda.

CTA is participating in the organisation of three side events and a social reporting activity as part of the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week. In addition, a meeting of the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) ant the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) Africa Chapter will discuss the CTA and ITOCA project on developing CIARD Good Practice Guides, or Pathways. The meeting is taking place on 13 June 2016 from 14:45 to 17:30 hours.

Strengthening Systems to Optimize Agriculture and Nutrition Outcomes in Africa

The event will provide an opportunity to promote success stories, share lessons learned and explore promising avenues towards improving agricultural performance in Africa. Speakers will include Judith A. Francis, CTA Senior programme coordinator for Science and Technology Policy. It is organised by CTA, the Biosciences eastern and central Africa–International Livestock Research Institute (BecA–ILRI) Hub, and FARA in collaboration with the International Potato Centre (CIP), the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) and the University of Rwanda's College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM).
When: Tuesday 14 June 2016, from 14:00 to 17:00.
Where: Kigali Conference and Exhibition Centre, Akagera Hall.
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Data, Information and Knowledge Systems

This parallel session will provide an opportunity to develop a roadmap specifically on data, information, and knowledge systems. Among other aims, it will provide a dialogue platform where key stakeholders in Africa's agricultural research for development can articulate some of the challenges inherent to open data and open science. As a result of the issues raised at the meeting, key recommendations will be fed into a call to action which will be tabled to the FARA General Assembly for adoption. The parallel session is co-organised by CTA, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative.
When: Tuesday 14 June 2016, from 11:00 to 13:00.
Where: Kigali Conference and Exhibition Centre, Virunga Hall.
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Planning meeting of the Competitive Research Fund (CRF) project

Organised by CTA and the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), this side event will review progress made so far in implementing four projects funded by the CRF. It will also serve to agree on a calendar of monitoring and evaluation field visits and discuss the mid-term review and a potential next phase of the project.
When: Sunday 12 June 2016, from 09:00 to 17:00
Where: Kigali Conference and Exhibition Centre, MrBbo 3 Room.
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Learn more about other PAEPARD-organised events during AASW7

Social reporting

In addition, FARA and CTA, in collaboration with the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), are organising a social reporting activity to be carried out on site, throughout the entire duration of the event (13-16 June 2016). Eight young social reporters from across Africa (who are active in CTA's ARDYIS network) will be supported by CTA to attend the Africa Agriculture Science Week and promote the event, its sessions, key messages and outcomes, together with Rwandan youths affiliated to YPARD.

In total, about two hundred young social reporters (onsite and remote reporters) have been selected to cover the event. The activity includes a one-day training session on the effective use of social reporting tools for selected onsite social reporters, followed by 4 days of using those skills for active social reporting, engaging conference participants and contributing to the overall outreach of the outcomes the science week. They will be supported by the online team, via social media, to amplify and increase the reach of the communication content that will be generated onsite.

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About the Africa Agriculture Science Week

The AASW and FARA General Assembly is the principal forum for all stakeholders in African agriculture science, technology and innovation to take stock of their collective achievements over the past three years and craft a common agenda along with modalities for achieving their collective targets over the next three years.

The 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week will focus on the operationalisation of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa at country level. Thus its overall theme is "Apply Science, Impact Livelihoods". It will feature keynote speakers, plenary sessions, a trade fair, parallel side meetings, the Rwanda day (when the host country will showcase its achievements in agricultural research and innovation) and a business session of the FARA General Assembly.

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