Maximizing the Impact of Agricultural Research in Africa

A Workshop on Research Communication

Date: 
October 21, 2008 - October 22, 2008
Contact/RSVP: 

David Spielman (d.spielman@cgiar.org)

Location: 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Co-sponsored by the Global Development Network (GDN), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), World Bank Institute (WBI), and IFPRI.

Abstract

Agricultural development in Africa is regaining attention, particularly in the recent light of food security challenges. The World Bank and other donors, as well as African initiatives such as NEPAD, FARA, AGRA, etc. are investing major resources to stimulate agricultural production across essential food staples and commodities for both agribusinesses and smallholder farmers. Research and technological advancements represent a key to enhanced productivity and are also receiving much attention. In fact, Robert Zoellick of the World Bank recently proposed that funding for the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research should double in the next five years. However, research by itself does not necessarily lead to change either in the field or at the policy level. How can this link be strengthened? This workshop will explore in detail how research institutes working in agriculture can maximize the impact of their work through enhanced communication efforts.

More information on the workshop website