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1. Overview

Agricultural Research is the fourth of the four pillars of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP). Visit for more information.

The aim in identifying new and emerging technologies in the South African context is not only to increase global competitiveness, but also to ensure household food security and to assist the developing farmers in entering the mainstream.

Agriculture, being a primary industry, supports many other industries roughly to the ratio of 1:1,6 regarding job opportunities. Apart from food security, it is a catalyst for the alleviation of poverty and economic growth generally.

Source: National Agricultural Research and Development Strategy 2008, which can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website, 


2. International business environment

Some role players:


  • AARINENA Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa –
  • AATF African Agricultural Technology Foundation –
  • ASARECA The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa –
  • ATPS African Technology Policy Studies Network –
  • CAADP Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme –
  • CCARDESA Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research & Development for Southern Africa –
  • CORAF/WECARD West and Central African Council for Agricultural and Research Foundation –
  • FARA Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa –
  • Futures Agricultures
  • PROLINNOVA – Promoting Local Innovation (in ecologically-orientated agriculture and natural resource management) –
  • ReNAPRI Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes –
  • Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development – find information at
  • WARDA Africa Rice Centre –

The Americas

Asia and Australia


  • COPAC Academic and National Library Catalogue: free access to the merged online catalogues of 24 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland –
  • EIARD European Initiative for Agricultural Research and Development –
  • ELASA – Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations –


Several United Nations agencies are role players in the area of Science and Research, and also have a presence in South Africa. Visit These include United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).

  • AGORA Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture –
  • ASTI Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators –
  • CABI Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International –
  • CGIAR The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research The website is an excellent orientation to groupings and research publications worldwide.
  • CIAT International Centre for Tropical Agriculture –
  • CIMMYT Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre) –
  • CIP International Potato Centre –
  • CIRAD La Recherche Agronomique Pour le Développement (Agricultural Research for Developing Countries) –
  • CTA Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation –
  • ELDIS – a service for searching resources on African agricultural research –
  • ESASTAP European South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme –