Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research Institute for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) backstops the development of R&D projects for Lesotho through an interactive write-shop that encompass discussions, presentations and technical reviews at Holiday Inn Johannesburg airport Hotel from 23rd to 26th of November 2019.
CCARDESA believes that the development of realistic and technically sound proposals is the genesis for achieving the aspiration of improving agricultural production, productivity and profitability amongst SADC stakeholders.
The proposal write-shop was conducted under the Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA).
APPSA is a six years World Bank funded project coordinated by CCARDESA implemented in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia but expanding to Angola and Lesotho.
Six scientist from Lesotho and two officers from CCARDESA participated in the write-shop.
The Scientists drafted and presented the respective proposals. The proposals were reviewed both by peers and by CCARDESA to ensure quality of science and conformity to the stipulated guidelines. The sessions included technical presentations by CCARDESA staff to guide the scientists.
The expected outputs of the write shop are the R&D proposals which conform with the technical standards and scientific quality.
The session recommends a similar working session with Angola scientists to populate the countries’ priorities into the proposals developed by Lesotho, and consequently collaboration amongst the two countries.