AfricaRice participated in the exhibition showcasing agricultural research, extension, education, training and development work under the theme ‘Feeding Our Region in the 21st Century’ as part of the First General Assembly of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) held in Entebbe, Uganda, 14–16 December.
Over 350 agricultural researchers from across the globe, as well as ministers from the 10 ASARECA member countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) attended the Assembly, which called for greater cooperation among research, training, extension services and the private sector within countries and across the sub-region.
The Assembly’s recommendations included the needs to:
- Support farmers and their associations
- Strengthen extension
- Support NGOs
- Support the private sector and its strategic partners
- Address emerging issues underlying food insecurity in the ASARECA region and the role of agriculture in overall regional transformation
- Mainstream universities in the research and development system.