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AAP at 2017 African Green Revolution Forum

Published: Monday, 18 Sep 2017
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), along with the African Capacity Building Foundation and the Regional Network for Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI), organized a side event at the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) on September 5, 2017, in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.  Entitled "Capacity Development to Promote African Agricultural Transformation," the event explored Africa's evolving capacity development challenges and ways of responding to these challenges within the context of the region's rapid agri-food systems transformation.

The event brought together about 100 high-level experts from the African Union, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FAO, NEPAD, the World Bank, CG centers, the donor, bilateral and multilateral agencies foundations, African government and academic institutions, and civil society organizations. The event was intended to promote a deeper awareness of capacity constraints and challenges to agricultural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa and it galvanized voices in positioning capacity development as a core resolution resulting from the 2017 AGRF.

This side event was initiated by the three institutions following their mandates and agendas in Africa: ACBF builds strategic partnerships and provides access to relevant knowledge related to capacity building in Africa; AAP supports new long-term partnerships between African organizations, MSU faculty and strategic international partners; and ReNAPRI strengthens collaboration among national agricultural policy research institutes  to produce sustainable and high-quality research, outreach and capacity development that promotes national and regional agricultural policy objectives.