Innovation Platform

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) launched its Holistic Empowerment for Livelihoods Program (HELP), a strategy for strengthening strategic human capital formation, Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) and Agripreneurship to drive holistic value chain development and climate-relevant empowerment and improved livelihoods in Africa. As a component of HELP, FARA is implementing Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA), which aims to produce a new generation of fit-for-purpose workforce to re-engineer the African agri-food sector to provide the change factor for rapid agricultur­al transformation in the next 10 years. ARIFA will facilitate regular entry of cohorts of gradu­ates and agripre­neurs into inno­vation systems apparel of FARA through Innovation Platforms (IP) and rural learning routes located in and around African institutions, uni­versities, technical colleges and rural communities. The Nnamdi Azikiwe IP is an independent agripre­neurship program under TCE-BEATS, more or less a business venture, and will be co-funded by FARA/TETFund. The IP’s Faculty Focal Lead (FFL) is Dr. Akudo Onunwa.