Science and Technology in the Service of Agriculture

29/11/2006
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US$ 23 Million ADF Grant for Agricultural Development in Africa

Tunis, 29 November 2006 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will support the development of agriculture in Africa by promoting science and technology. To achieve this objective, the Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the AfDB has approved a grant of 15.581 million Units of Account (UA*), equivalent to US$ 23 million, to finance the Promotion of Science and Technology for Agricultural Development in Africa.

The objective of the project is to build the African agricultural research knowledge management capacity and to support the adoption and dissemination of proven agricultural technologies, with a view to contributing towards achieving food security and poverty alleviation in Africa.

The Project has three components:

  • Knowledge and information management;
  • Technology transfer and good agricultural practices;
  • Project Management.

The project will be implemented in eligible countries for ADF grant resources covered by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) under the coordination of the Forum for Agricultural Research for Africa (FARA). There are 38 beneficiary countries in the Sub-Saharan region, include 20 in CORAF, 11 in ASARECA region and 7 in the FANR region: The 15 Medium-Income Countries including: Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia and Zimbabwe, are not eligible for ADF grants but they could also benefit at their own cost.

The project will make a significant contribution to achieving NEPAD's vision of maximizing the contribution of Africa’s largest economic sector to be self-reliant and productive enough to be able to participate in the world economy. Amongst others, the project will contribute toward achieving: (i) improved productivity of agriculture, with particular attention to small-scale farmers, especially focusing on women; (ii) food security, in terms of both availability and accessibility; and (iii) dynamic agricultural research networks among nations and between regions.

The estimated cost of the project is UA18.92 million.  The Bank will provide a grant of UA15.58 million (82.3 percent of total project cost) to finance the project and FARA will make a contribution of UA 0.61 million (3.2 percent of total project cost), sub-regional organizations (SROs) will contribute UA 0.73 million (3.9 percent) and the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) UA 2.00 million (10.6 percent).  FARA, the three SROs and the NARS will finance office facilities rental as well as project implementation staff.

Project Brief

  • Title of Study: Promotion of Science and Technology for Agricultural Development in Africa
  • Countries: Multinational
  • Location: FARA (Accra) and the Three SROs (Entebbe, Dakar and Gaborone
  • Executing Agency: The Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) # 2 Gowa Close, Roman Ridge - PMB CT 173 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana – Tel:+233-21-772 823- Fax +233-21-773 676- Web: www.fara-africa.org - E-mail mjones@fara-africa.org
  • Implementing Agencies:
    • The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development - (CORAF/WECARD)  (ASARECA) - B. P. 48 - PO Box 765 Dakar, R P Sénégal - Tel  +221-8-699 618 - Fax +221-8-699 631  Email: paco.sereme@coraf.org –  Web: www.coraf.org
    • The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa, Entebbe, Uganda
      Tel: +256-41-320 438 / 422 - Fax +256-41-322 593
      E-mail s.ketema@asareca.org
      Web:www.asareca.org
    • Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate (FANR/SADC) Gaborone, Botswana
      Tel:+267-3-95186: Fax +267-3-97 2848
      E-mail mnyirenda@sadc.int  - Web: www.sadc.int
  • Estimated Starting Date: March 2007.
  • Duration: 6 years
  • Procurement: Procurement of goods and works financed by the ADF will be carried out in conformity with Bank’s Rules of Procedure for Procurement of Goods and Works.  Procurement of the information and communication technology (ICT) equipment will be through International Competitive Bidding (ICB). All other equipment and inputs for transfer of technology will be through National Shopping.

* 1 UA = 1.48004 US$ as at 29/11/2006