Special Programme for African Agricultural Research (SPAAR)

Programme spécial pour la recherche agricole en Afrique

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1985, by a group of major donor agencies. Transitioned into F-XF4296 - Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) by mid to late 2002.


Strengthen African agricultural research systems in the public and private sectors and, through them, the development and testing of relevant technologies in support of sustainable agricultural development; increase the effectiveness of donor assistance to African agricultural research systems through better coordination of existing resources, avoidance of duplication of effort, exchange of information on past, current, and future activities, and collaborative initiatives to address particular problems in agricultural research.


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Body of major donor agencies promoting networking to address regional agricultural problems. Plenary Meeting (once a year). Executive Committee, consisting of Chairperson (who is Senior Manager of the Africa Region of the World Bank), 2 Vice-Chairpersons (one from the African Development Bank and one from Europe), and one of the sub-regional African representatives. Small Executive Secretariat housed at the World Bank's headquarters in Washington DC (USA).

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality Education



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