CIRAD reinforces its cooperation with Southern Africa partners [fr]
During a recent trip to Southern Africa, CIRAD President Michel Eddi signed cooperation agreements involving a regional organization, CCARDESA, and four universities in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
CIRAD President Michel Eddi visited South Africa from 10 to 17 October 2015 to strengthen links with regional partners. He was accompanied by Jean Albergel, Director of the CNRS-IRD-CIRAD joint office in Southern Africa.
Signing of cooperation agreements
- In South Africa, a cooperation agreement was signed with Stellenbosch University, covering key areas as horticulture, animal production, animal and vegetal health or agricultural products. The agreement is to foster the opening up, on a regional level, to the Indian Ocean and sub-Saharan Africa, notably through researcher exchanges and the reception of students.
CIRAD also signed an agreement with the University of Pretoria, in the presence of the Ambassador of France in Africa of South H.E. Elisabeth Barbier. The agreement binds Cirad and the University of Pretoria around a new shared governance of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) – please find more information in this article.
- In Botswana, a cooperation agreement was signed with the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) with a view to reinforce joint activities in research and training between SADC and Indian Ocean – particularly the French island of Réunion, where some fifty of its researchers are based.
- Finally, an agreement was signed between CIRAD, CNRS and two universities in Zimbabwe – the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), in relation to the renewal of the Production and Conservation in Partnership in Southern Africa platform (RP-PCP).
CIRAD presence in Southern Africa
In 2015, some thirty researchers or PhDs are working in Eastern and Southern Africa. Six of them are permanently based in South Africa (universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Cape Town), where Cirad has been active since 1995. Along with its partners, it has been conducting research into agricultural policy, water management and use conflicts, and making use of wildlife while ensuring the sustainable management of animal biodiversity.
Reception at the Residence of France
To celebrate the strength of CIRAD multiple partnerships in Southern Africa, H.E. Elisabeth Barbier invited CIRAD President Michel Eddi at a reception at the Residence of France on 14 October, together with South African partners: Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, NEPAD CEO, Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources at South African Department of Science and Technology, and Professor Patrice Ntumba from Mathematics Department at University of Pretoria.