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Strengthening Support for Africa’s Agricultural Capacity Building

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 12:30 - 14:30
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255
Washington, DC
The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) & Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa (PCHPA) invite you to a panel discussion on:

Strengthening Support for Africa’s Agricultural Capacity Building

As more countries in Africa prepare their CAADP compacts and finalize their agricultural investment plans, and as the US administers its whole-of-government Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative, there has been concern expressed about increasing support for human and institutional capacity building to ensure the successful implementation and outcome of CAADP and FTF programs. On November 15-19, 2010, African government ministers of education and agriculture, university leaders, and representatives from private sector , civil society and several international organizations gathered in Kampala, Uganda to discuss the role and capacity of Africa’s higher education institutions in promoting agricultural and economic development in the continent.

Panelists will highlight outcomes from the Kampala meeting, showcase how African universities are meeting the challenge of providing quality education that addresses real development needs, identify specific interventions and responses required to accelerate Africa’s investments in human and institutional capacity for agricultural development, and discuss how CAADP and US Feed the Future programs can help support such capacity building efforts.


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Welcome - Luis Sitoe, Commercial Attache, Embassy of Mozambique
Introductory Comments - Peter McPherson, President, APLU and Chair, PCHPA Board
Panel Discussion:
  • Strengthening Africa’s Higher Education for Agricultural Development: Highlights from Nov 2010 Ministerial Conference in UgandaAnne-Claire Hervy, Chief Operating Officer, Africa-US Higher Education Initiative, APLU and Daniel Karanja, Senior Fellow, PCHPA
  • Developing Quality Human Resource for Africa’s AgricultureMoses Kwapata, Principal, Bunda College of Agriculture and Alfred Mtukuso, Director of Agriculture Research Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Malawi
  • Responding to Africa’s Human and Institutional Capacity Needs in Agriculture: The US Feed the Future InitiativeAmbassador William Garvelink, Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Food Security and Deputy Coordinator for Development, US Feed the Future Initiative
  • Complementary Multilateral Support for Africa’s Higher Education, Science & Technology for Stimulating Agricultural Growth - David Nielson, Lead Agricultural Services Specialist, World Bank
  • Role of US Institutions in Developing Human and Institutional Capacity for African AgricultureDave Hansen, Senior Fellow, APLU
  • Building Effective Public-Private Sector Partnerships that Improve Human Skills and Productivity of Africa's AgriculturePaul Guenette, Technical Managing Director for Agribusiness, ACDI/VOCA
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