A Memorandum of Understanding signed on 21 June 2013 between Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) marks a new chapter in our drive to form strategic alliances with key players in international agricultural research.
CCARDESA is a not-for-profit sub-regional research and development organisation operating from Gaborone, Botswana. With support from member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and agricultural stakeholders and development partners in the region, CCARDESA aims to increase smallholder productivity and competitiveness through initiating or collaborating on research and development projects.
The agreement between CFFRC and CCARDESA follows positive discussions between the two organisations on the way forward for collaborative research. Drawing on their joint strengths and experiences, it outlines the basis upon which these organisations will co-operate in the development of novel agricultural technologies especially in relation to underutilised crops. Under the memorandum, the organisations undertake to co-operate in a number of areas including;
- Research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses;
- Technology development and transfer practices;
- The development of products and supply chains from underutilised crops;
- The promotion of sustainable agriculture;
- The contribution of underutilised crops to improved human and animal wellbeing.
Collaboration will include exchanges of staff, resources and knowledge, joint research proposals and staff training and development.
Prof. Timothy Simalenga of CCARDESA (left) and Prof. Sayed Azam Ali of CFFRC (right) at the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding