Professor Itamar Glazer, Director of Research and Development at Israel’s Agricultural Research Organisation (ARO) and Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), today signed a letter of intent to enter a new partnership to cooperate in agriculture.
The signing, which took place at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali, Rwanda, outlines an agreement between AGRA and Volcani International Partnerships (VIP). This is ARO’s non-profit partner, tasked to build bridges for international cooperation and maximise the impact of ARO’s expertise and innovations around the world.
Following a large number of requests for cooperation from African governments, organisations and leaders, VIP and the ARO have recently made Africa a strategic priority.
The new partnership will give AGRA access to ARO’s extensive experience, expertise and innovations relevant to the challenges facing African agriculture, helping it deliver against its goals of increasing incomes and improving food security for millions of smallholder households in Africa.
Cooperation between the partners will cover the following areas:
- Enabling the (re)design, transfer, delivery and uptake of appropriate agricultural research and technologies into the crop value chains and countries that are assisted by AGRA in general, but more specifically to smallholder farmers and agri-businesses.
- Collaborating in the development of the Israel-Africa Agricultural Innovation Centre to be hosted jointly by VIP and ARO.
- Leveraging one another’s networks to build strategic partnerships and alliances.
The goal of this cooperation will be to apply Israeli agricultural R&D capacity, expertise and innovation in solving problems related to food production by African farmers.