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FARA is the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, an apex organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa. FARA complements the innovative activities of national, international and sub-regional research institutions to deliver more responsive and effective services to its stakeholders and plays advocacy and coordination roles for agricultural research for development in Africa.


To enhance and add value to the effectiveness and efficiency of agricultural research systems in Africa that will contribute to agricultural development, economic growth and sustainable use of natural resources.


Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA CP): to promote the new innovation systems approach to agricultural research for development where all actors in the production to consumption chain are involved in developing research agenda.

Regional Agricultural Information and Learning System (RAILS): to empower all stakeholders with information and learning tools so that they can innovate with confidence and compete in knowledge-based economies.

Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Research for Development (SCARDA): to strengthen Africa’s capacity for more relevant agricultural research and development.

Institutional Capacities (BASIC) program: to strengthen the capacity of African universities to build the capacity in Africa required for endogenously-driven innovation systems.

Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa (DONATA): to improve the dissemination and adoption of new research and farmer-derived technologies that can make a difference in the lives of the African farmers.

African Biosafety and Biotechnology Initiative (ABBI): to establish biosafety systems through developing sustainable African strategy on biosafety; creating enabling conditions for biotech application; establishing mechanism to facilitate harmonization of regulatory systems and to create public awareness; and strengthening African capacity for effective participation in international negotiations or regulation development.


By 2015, we are to raise rural incomes in real terms by 50%; to reduce food costs in real terms for poor families by 50%; to reduce numbers in need of food relief by 75%; and to reduce natural resource degradation by 50% as measured by soil erosion, water sedimentation and biodiversity indicators.


Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote D'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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Basic Needs


Enroll A Student

One year of university

Your donation will enable a child from a poor African family to enroll in university and take courses in sustainable agriculture or other development-related fields to obtain the necessary knowledge to battle poverty and achieve economic growth in Africa. Your donation will not only aid an African child with his/her personal development by fulfilling his/her desire to learn, but also equip him/her with the knowledge...


Water Maize

Irrigation system

Your donation will be used to help farmers harvest water that is available to them. A simple irrigation system connecting their farms to major rivers is enough to double their productivity. This gift will be used to improve the knowledge to maintain water catchment areas, where water is stored during heavy rain and used at a later stage to irrigate farmer’s fields. Your gift will...


Raise Awareness

Biosafety posters

Your donation will be used to assist farmers in getting access to biotechnology products developed by researchers. It will support an initiative by scientists, farmers and policy makers to develop biosafety systems in Africa. African governments will then be guided on which biotechnology tools and products will work under what circumstances to increase farmer’s productivity. The gift visualizes the efforts scientists and researchers are making...


Connect Farmers

Technology access

Your donation will help farmers get connected to scientists or technology developers. Farmers will be able to access the required technology to increase their productivity, fight the rampant pests and diseases, and drought. With your donation, research scientists can listen to farmers to develop required technology and they would encourage farmers to improve their harvest. An increased harvest can enable farmers to store more food...


Equip A Scientist

One computer for Africa

Your donation will provide a computer to one of the many hardworking African scientists struggling to respond to diverse challenges faced by African farmers which are taken for granted by farmers in the US or Europe such as increase yield, fighting pests and diseases. At least five African scientists would share one computer if not, they go to Internet cafés to work on their data...


Organize Farmers

Increased banana sales

Your gift will assist farmers to organize themselves into farmer's organization and gather enough quantities of bananas to sell in bulk and consecutively buy their own trucks to transport bananas to bigger markets. Organized farmers will also be able to compete in the open market for exports such as multi-national companies as Dole, Nestle. Farmer products could be sold to big supermarkets with higher prices,...


Connect A Farmer

One phone or radio

Your donation will provide a mobile phone (and a year’s service fee) or a radio to a farmer to enable him to communicate with his peers, researchers, or agriculture advisory services. It will empower him/her to exchange and acquire information: how to improve harvest, fight rampant pests and diseases, and acquire the best varieties. This compensates for the poor basic infrastructure of agricultural information systems...


Equip Universities

Classroom supplies

Your donation will assist universities in improving the physical conditions (e.g. purchase up-to-date publications, add research equipment to the laboratories, etc) to strengthen teaching, research and educational programs and to ameliorate the quality of higher education in Africa. The fund will also be used to tackle the problems such as insufficient teaching facilities or qualified teachers, out-of-date course materials and research equipment, poor educational infrastructure,...