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THE CONTRIBUTION OF ISNAR TO POVERTY REDUCTION IN THE WEST AFRICAN REGION. by Francis Idachaba. The Evolution of ISNAR’s contributions. ISNAR’s partnership with and support for national agricultural research systems(NARS), 1981-98 in the areas of:
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“to facilitate institutional innovations that enhance the contribution of research to agricultural development for the poor”
ISNAR’s goals with the explicit focus on the needs of the poor are to:
influence of developing country stakeholders on
the research agenda and its implementation and by improving the responsiveness of research organizations to stakeholders’ needs, particularly those of the poor
food security and alleviate poverty
5) Strengthen the capacity of research organizations to respond effectively to new demands for knowledge arising from social, economic, and environmental changes beyond those traditionally associated with agricultural production, and
6) Expand ISNAR’s capacity to provide timely and cost-effective services to strengthen agricultural research through innovative partnerships and collaborative arrangements
Examples of ISNAR’s projects on poverty reduction
in the West African region:
i. Institutional Innovation and Development Support for African Agricultural Research: ISNAR as Transition Manager for the SPAAR/FARA transformation into the new FARA that is Africa-based(Accra, Ghana), African-led and African-managed, June 2000-March 2002
formally establishing the new FARA and
Monty Jones, formerly of WARDA as Pioneer Executive Secretary, FARA
Program integration in the West and Central African region, Dakar Jan 27-28, 2001 and IITA, Ibadan, Sep 10-12, 2001 involving IITA/WARDA/ICRISAT/ISNAR/NARS with possible role for ISNAR in the management of institutional change, development of criteria for regional priorities, management of economies of scope and cross-cutting issues and the allocation of functional responsibilities to hierarchies of institutions and organizations
v. Linking Agricultural Research and Rural Radio in collaboration with University of Guelph,
FAO, Developing Countries Farm Radio Network, an NGO. Research and radio organizations in the pilot phase from Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and Uganda. Training needs assessment and organizational constraints in linking research and rural radio in Accra, March 27-30, 2001