Director’s update

Partnership with AGRA

16 March 2010

Ian Maudlin writes

I am pleased to report that plans for collaboration with AGRA have continued and RIU and AGRA will now jointly fund the forthcoming AWEPA (The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa) African Parliamentary Support for Agriculture mission to Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

In brief, the mission is part of a pilot programme to help develop and strengthen the institutional capacity of parliamentary committees overseeing agriculture and food security. As AGRA’s Vice President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina commented, “our partnership with AWEPA is critical because any improvement that occurs in farmers’ fields cannot be sustained over the long-term without a supportive policy framework. This is the time for political leadership across Africa to develop and implement comprehensive policies of support for African farmers”.

I am looking forward to reporting on their progress

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