The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation (MESTI), The Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MoFA) and The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa(FARA) on the Signing of the Ghana Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) Commitment Letter at MESTI Conference Room
In 2003, The African Union Heads of State and Government adopted the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in Maputo. The goal of CAADP is to aid in agricultural-led development that eliminate hunger, reduce poverty and achieve food security in Africa. In June 2014, AU leaders reaffirmed their commitment to CAADP by adopting the Malabo Declaration on Accelerating Agricultural Growth and Transformation in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and for the first time, agreed 7 concrete commitments to be monitored by clearly defined targets for agricultural -led economic growth in Africa.
During the same AU -Heads of state summit in 2014, the Science Agenda for Agriculture was ratified as a framework within the context of the Accelerated Agricultural Growth Strategy for deepening the Application of Science as the quickest way to achieving many of the seven Malabo commitment especially on commitment three and four on ending hunger and halving poverty by 2025. As the technical arm of the AUC, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) was mandated to lead the implementation of the Science Agenda as a direct follow-on action to spur the implementation of CAADP after ten years of strengthening planning and mutual accountability processes for agricultural development. The S3A is to ensure countries are set on a strong science-led and climate relevant economic growth trajectory that takes advantage of all relevant institutional and policy provisions that African countries could garner within the Continent but also leveraging other North-South and South-South partnerships.