What We Do


As a coordinating body, FARA works through collaboration with its partners, an approach driven by the principle of Subsidiarity, which devolves the implementation of programmes to the Sub-regional organizations and the National Agricultural Research Institutes NARIs.
In implementing its strategy, FARA mobilizes stakeholders around a portfolio of continent-wide programmes and projects jointly developed with the stakeholders, to address specific challenges or opportunities. Currently, FARA is coordinating the following such initiatives

  • DONATA Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa
  • PAEPARD: Platform for African – European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (link to description)
  • RAILS: Regional Agricultural Information and Learning Systems
  • SSA CP: Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme
  • UniBRAIN: Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation

Going forward with the new strategic orientation, FARA is embarking on the following new continent-wide programmes in the context of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa:

  • Adaptation for Future Demands in Agriculture (AFDA)
  • Regional Mobility for Capacity Strengthening (ReMoCaSt)
  • Africa Human Capital, Science Technology and Agri-preneurship for Food Security Framework (AHC-STAFF)
  • Programme for Agricultural Intensification in Africa (PAINT)
  • African Special Progamme on the Environment and Agricultural Research (African SPEAR)
  • The African Food and Agriculture Policy platform (AFAPP) (link to description)


  • PANAP network

    PANAP is a network among academic/research and institutional partners collaborating with the European Commission - JRC, in developing research on agricultural economics and policy issues with a focus on Africa.
    Under the aegis of the African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) partnership , the:
    Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (DREA-AUC/FARA) ,
    European Commission (EC) - Joint Research Centre (JRC) ,
    with the contribution of:
    European Commission - Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) ,
    European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) ,
    have established the Pan-African Network for economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP network).
    PANAP aims to strengthen the liaison between researchers/scientists and policymakers in Africa, and to stimulate their cooperation on selected topics linked to policy priorities that reinforce the stability of agriculture and food sectors in Africa.
    It will also help achieve the sustainability of the agri-food sectors to enhance food and nutrition security in alignment with the Malabo Declaration Commitment 3 on ending hunger in Africa by 2025 and Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2 - Zero Hunger) .
    PANAP is part of the Action Agenda of the Political Declaration of the 3rd AU-EU Agriculture Ministerial Conference held in Rome on 21 June 2019 and is conceived in the framework of the Africa-Europe agenda for rural transformation - Task force rural Africa.

  • Innovation Platform Agribusiness

    It ensures that agricultural technologies are translated into measurable impact in livelihood and quality of life of farmers as well as other stakeholders


    PAEPARD mobilizes resources for priority projects that combine African and European institutional and financial resources for mutually advantageous projects

  • eRAILs II

    RUN - Rural Universe Network - empowers the population in developing countries to use internet technology for development. E-journals with the people's point of view!

  • BiomassNet

    BiomassNet is the first pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass. It provides an interactive platform for networking and information exchange between experts

  • eCapacities Africa

    Ecapacities provides the ability to find specific experts by searching for one or more competencies across Ecapacities African-wide pool of users