THE ACADEMY

As a network of practitioners, we aspire to become a continental rallying point on evidence-based Agricultural Innovations & Climate-based advocacy. AFAs main goal is to strengthen the capacity for foresight among more professionals in Africa AR4D institutions & private sector AFA also ensures gender mainstreaming in regional and national foresight activities is given a priority.

We are a network of foresight practitioners dedicated to developing a vibrant community of practice for foresight in Africa

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The structural design takes a virtual form with an administrative hub located within FARA. Since the virtual platform will contribute towards successful implementation of the Science Agenda for African Agriculture (S3A, means that special attention is paid to the content of the programme). The role design enables AFA to lead & coordinate all Agricultural foresight activities throughout the African continent as a primary anchor. In so doing, AFA will play key roles towards consolidation of Africa foresight continental guiding framework on foresight work and activities, as well as succession plan. AFA will also promote the production, distribution and utilization of Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) on foresight and Food Systems Approach. AFA roles will enable it to be the rallying point, a hub, and a go to place (virtual & physical) for Agricultural foresight cluster of activities and capacity development in Africa. The operational design enables AFA to engage with foresight practitioners using on-line and offline strategies. The primary online virtual platform /medium of operational engagements will be the newly re-designed AFA webpage, while the main offline touch points will be through specially appointed in country foresight fellows and associates across the continent of Africa via the anchoring hubs

The structural AFAs programme will be delivered through a network of loosely connected participating institutions. The nodal network structure allows considerable autonomy to the participating institutions enabling different institutions to operate different capacity building arrangements. This allows for prioritisation of foresight work/activities based on contextual differences and regional thematic. The participating institutions will work closely with the appointed/nominated, Champions, Fellows & Associate Fellows at National, Sub Regional Organisations (SRO), and Africa Forum for Agricultural Advisory (AFAAS) levels, to deliver suitable capacity development programmes. The appointees/nominees (champions, fellows, & associates) will act as the main conduit (Reporting Channels from local to national nodes), for Agricultural foresight opportunities to (and about) the Africa Foresight Community of Practice (CoP)

While the curriculum development, review and adoption by participating Universities and Research Organizations on the continent will be handled mainly by the academic units at the downstream institutions and affiliates, the Academy (or Hub) will have responsibility for drawing up and issuing the guidelines and regulating conduct in general. The curriculum development for capacity building and its implementation takes into consideration broadly the Science Agenda: A key point in curriculum development and adoption would be the quality assurance through formal accreditation for higher educational programmes, certificates, & qualifications. Steps and due processes for application and approval to accreditation will be followed accordingly. This will include preparatory activities, including consultations and workshops prior to launch of programmes • To respond to higher expectations from agriculture in a more challenging environment • To recommit to CAADP to boost continental production and sustain the momentum already generated • To take advantage of the favourable investment climate for agriculture and agro-industry Overall, the Science Agenda provides the framework and curriculum design and development guidelines for: • Identifying the broad areas of science to be developed in partnership with the main stakeholders • Facilitating the necessary transformation of national science and technology institutions • Help focus on the need for human capacity building at all levels • Facilitate increased funding from diversified sources to support science • Facilitate alignment of actions and resources to ensure value-for-money and desirable impact • Facilitate effective partnerships among mandated African institutions at sub-regional/regional levels and between these actors and their external partners. • Committing to solidarity in science by sharing information, technology

While there are many types of participants for the  AFA programmes. Four categories of participants are identified as “organizers”, “practitioners”, “decision-makers” and “producers”. Initially, the AFA focuses on foresight education for practitioners at various levels with micro level qualifications, but eventually the primary and secondary specializations in foresight studies could align to higher level University qualifications. The programmes will be ideally suited to Agriculturalist, food scientist, extension practitioners, Agri-preneurs, Researchers etc. Any person with a genuine interest in the future of food security, food systems, low productivity, resilience of African Agricultural Innovation Systems and the curiosity to learn new tools/methodologies of foresight, will be ideally suited.