The vision of the Collective Action is to realize the CGIAR’s mission in the eastern and southern Africa region through better alignment of research activities, more effective collaboration and dynamic integration of research programs.
The CGIAR Mission is to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research related activities in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, policy, and environment.
The mission is to enhance the impact of research in eastern and southern Africa by progressively bringing about integration of international, regional and national research through alignment around shared objectives; strengthening of the capacity of partners; sharing of research platforms and services; and development of joint programs based on dynamic comparative advantages.
The goal of the Collective Action in sub-Saharan Africa is to foster the emergence of a coordinated, cohesive program of agricultural research that produces clear economies of scale and scope at low transaction costs, in order to successfully address regional priorities. These priorities range from complex problems of stagnant or falling agricultural productivity, poverty, to impacts of climate variation.
The Collective Action seeks to link research to action to impact through alignment of CGIAR Centres’, Association for Strengthening Research in Eastern & Central Africa (ASARECA), Southern African Development Community-Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Department (SADC-FANR) and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) work-plans that address immediate regional needs (as expressed in Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme – CAADP & Framework for African Agricultural Productivity – FAAP) while generating broader and longer term international public goods (within the framework of CGIAR System Priorities).