New head of FARA assumes office

Dr Ephraim Amiani Mukisira, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Forum For Agricultural Research (FARA) in Africa.

The appointment was made at the just-ended 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) and FARA General Assembly at Kigali, Rwanda.

A statement issued and copied to the press in Accra said Dr Mukisira upon assuming this role also paid courtesy calls on Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, the Secretary to the President of Ghana; the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); Creating Competitive Livestock Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness (CCLeaR) and the Association of African Universities (AAU).

It said the courtesy calls made were to enable them to deliberate on ways to move African agriculture development and innovation forward and also ensure practical ways to achieve the call to action raised at the science week.

Dr Mukisira was accompanied by Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA, together with Mr Samuel Adam, a representative of FARA Board and Dr Irene Annor-Frempong, the Director for Research and Innovation FARA.

It said the main aim for the visit was to interact with the host community and appreciate the role of government for its continuous support in the past 17 years.

Ambassador Kwesi Quartey said he was happy with the role of FARA in ensuring the sustainability of agricultural research for development especially in the area of agribusiness.

He said government would not relent in its effort to host and give the necessary support to FARA through Ghana’s Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).

Dr Victor Kwame, the Director-General of CSIR, expressed appreciation for the visit saying CSIR is the foremost national science and technology institution in the country with the mandate to carry out scientific and technological research for national development.

Dr E.K Adu, the Director at CCLeaR, also commended the efforts of FARA in agricultural development and expressed the hope that a more cordial relationship would be developed with support from the Management of FARA.

Professor Etienne Ehile, the Secretary General of AAU, said there is an overlapping mandate between FARA and AAU.

She said while AAU focuses on education and capacity building, FARA places emphasis on research, development and innovation.

Dr Mukisira urged researchers and professionals to develop meaningful solutions, saying African scholars should encourage diversity in knowledge thereby help the development of the continent.

Dr Yemi Akinbamijo expressed the hope that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions.

Dr Mukisira met with FARA staff and urged them to seize every opportunity to work together with the common aim of solving problems for Africa’s agriculture.

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