Opening Young Minds to Africa’s Agriculture – How the 6th AASW connects the dots

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

“Africa now needs desperately to redesign its self-image, create an environment of peace and stability and plan a new science-led future appropriate to its culture, needs and aspirations. In essence, it must become Africa-centered.”

Thomas R.Odhiambo, 1993

The forthcoming 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) comes at an opportune time for Africa. The event poises the continent to surpass earlier generations in terms of transformation, innovation and leadership agenda. Great minds converging in Accra, Ghana will seek to refine ways and means to bring agricultural progress into our circles of influence. Hence, to connect science and agriculture at this high-level platform of thinkers and practitioners fits well as a way to capture young farmers’ realities and the opportunities for young agriculturalists in everyday life.

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Eyes on the Prize

Rediscovering Yesterday

Crazy Fridays It’s hard to remember, but years ago before children and dress shirts and dinners at 6, I was a pretty avid runner.  It was off and on through the years, but I tried to stay consistent.  A few times a week.  Or even training for some races.

It was when I lived in Taiwan that I really began running consistently and for a purpose.  One morning as I was training on my own for a half marathon I came alongside an older gentleman.  We began talking and he invited me to join his running club!  Despite the fact that it was called “Evergreen” (in reference to the older age of the people in it) I considered this meeting an answer to prayer.  Running alone was hard for me… and it was even harder to stay motivated.

Being in this running club connected me to the Taiwanese people, the Chinese language…

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AGORA: Bridging the information gap in agriculture

Kalu Samuel's Blog

AGORA makes online scientific literature available to over 100 poor countries – Tenth anniversary celebrated in Rome

Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano
Access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security.

AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.

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Apply: IICD Country Programme Manager(Africa)

Kalu Samuel's Blog


IICD is a non-profit foundation that specialises in information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for development. IICD is active in Africa and Latin America where we bring about technical and social innovations that create and enhance development opportunities in education, health, economic development, and water and climate resilience. For maximum impact we work closely with partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors.
More information about IICD can be found at and

The Country Programs department manages all ICT4D programs and projects in 11 countries.

Country Officer

The Country Officer will support the Country Programs department in managing the program in an African country by ensuring timely planning, delivery and follow up of IICD activities to meet the results and targets of the established goals.
Summary of key responsibilities
*.Project cycle management of the country projects
*.Managing and communicating with partner organizations in the countries

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Apply:LEAP Fellowship grants for Students from Sub-Saharan Africa

Kalu Samuel's Blog

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) is seeking applications for fellowship grant opportunities for students from sub-Saharan Africa.

The deadline is December 1, 2013 for fellowships starting April 1st, 2014 to March 31st, 2015.

Applications are requested from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative — FEED THE FUTURE.

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Extension for agricultural Transformation in Africa

NGOUAMBE Nestor's Blog


What is agricultural extension? It is facilitation? Dissemination? Technology transfer? If we deeply analyze or define agri-extension, all these are related with. Since independency, most African extension services were still based on traditional model promoted by our colonial Masters. But with these new agricultural context (climate change, food security), traditional model are moving to new extension systems. Living Training and Visit system (Top down approach) to facilitation and participatory approach (button up approach).

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Thabo Mbeki advocates the Zimbabwean indigenization model for Africa

Rising Continent

ZimbabweAcross Africa, wherever you go these days in the majority of countries on the continent, there are signs of “development,” meaning skyscrapers in the capital cities especially, or blocs of new buildings with tens of floors, and in some rural areas, hectares of plantations for crops aimed for export, which were absent one decade or so ago, on one hand. Many factors have contributed to such development: increase of commodities’ prices, globalization with easier flows of direct foreign investments across the world, among others. The signs have made many to say of Africa as emerging. However, there are cases of extreme poverty where conditions of living have widely diminished compared to what they were two or three decades ago on the other hand. The visible signs are delusional because the majority of the present African wealth is in the hands of foreigners. Inspired by the Zimbabwean model of indigenization, former…

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