Statistical Analysis, Foresight and Data Management

The changing development paradigms require human capacities and competencies to realign research for development (R4D) in tandem with the evolving needs of the agricultural innovation system. The research methods needed for the new environment are also new and are changing rapidly. Unfortunately, the training offered by universities in this field has not kept up with the cutting edge technical advancement and modelling in the data analytics. This situation is weakening the quality of Africa’s research and knowledge outputs, and has limited progress towards increasing food and nutrition security and alleviation of poverty. To address this gap, there is an urgent need to strengthen and differentiate university curricula. The training would be linked to on-going research by the NARS (National Agricultural Research Systems) and other research programmes such as under the Collaborative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIARs),. etc.

Envisaged activities to be implemented under each CoL, will include among others, the following: 

  1. Training a Masters and PhD scholars with interdisciplinary perspective and promote generation of  relevant research and knowledge in rural innovations
  2. Strengthen partnerships between university and industry (policy, private sector, research institutions) to support training, research and outreach (including design and implementation of innovative curricula) and increase the impact of agricultural training and research
  3. Strengthen youth skills and capacity development in practical and innovative agricultural enterprise (entrepreneurship) and agri-business development in Africa through a suit of actions including among others; expansion of novel approaches to youth in agribusiness empowerment, mentorship support in enterprise development.
  4. Strengthen agribusiness development through  among other actions; agribusiness incubation and accelerator facilities, support innovations, technologies and/or ventures for commercialization, pilot test agribusiness innovations and exposition youth to competitive agribusiness.
  5. Strengthen youth financial inclusion through exploring innovative financing mechanisms to support youth enterprise and agribusiness development.
  6. Build a networked and engaged youth agribusiness movement for change agents making and demand articulation and greater youth networking to further shape attitudes around youth participation in agriculture and agribusiness.
  7. Strengthen equity through specific target on addressing the role of women in agribusiness and mainstream agribusiness skills development in African universities.
  8. Enhance research capacity to generate relevant technologies and innovations for transforming agriculture and agribusinesses.
  9. Enhance uptake of research and product development outputs and catalyse value chain efficiency through innovations generated by knowledge, science and technology to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of rural communities.
  10. Groom agricultural and rural development champions in SSA with interdisciplinary orientation, organizational and leadership skills, cross-cutting professional skills and the requisite mind-sets to influence utilization of knowledge and technology driven innovations for agricultural transformations
  11. Building the capacity and skills to manage big data, generate and package the evidence-base and communicate research results to promote the uptake of relevant and appropriate agricultural policies in Africa
  12. Build a cadre of research methodology and statistician specialists to support research in African NARS, and innovation processes including policy formulation.
  13. Strengthening development of agricultural risk mitigation and adaptation options with potential in altering exposure, reducing sensitivity and increasing adaptive capacity. 
  14. Championing the innovations to facilitate risk transfer through exploring financial options, agricultural and livestock insurance, subsidy, support and incentive programs and social safety nets relevant to Africa’s context.
  15. Strengthening resilience to withstand and manage extreme climate events and non-extreme events through innovations that support both ex-ante and ex-post interventions that facilitate sustainable agricultural production and livelihoods.