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CCRS successfully concluded research project for DEZA

Mobilising capacity in African agriculture

10 Nov 2022

Project name

Institutional Framework Conditions for the Promotion of Private Sector Capacity Development (CD) for Agri-cultural Innovation in Selected African Countries  |  CD4AI


31.03.2020 – 31.03.2022

Project funding

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC | DE: DEZA), Global Programme Food Security

Project Partners

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Konfidants Ghana, Policy Center for the New South, Morocco


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number two (UN SDG 2) aims to eliminate hunger through the promotion of more resilient and productive food systems. In this context, the provision of effective Capacity Development (CD) for agricultural innovation is implicitly and explicitly emphasized in several targets (SDG 2.3, 2.4, 2A). Our stakeholder surveys carried out in four African countries on CD for agricultural innovation reveal different perception patterns toward the role of the domestic public sector and foreign aid initiatives in the provision of effective CD for agricultural innovation. Overall, the respondents of the survey tend to agree that inclusive, productive and sustainable food systems can only be achieved through more private sector involvement in efforts to integrate small-scale farmers into formal agricultural value chains. As such, the empirical findings are very much in line with Africa-owned agricultural initiatives and the aim of the UN Food Systems Summit in fall 2021 to enable a profound change of the international food and agriculture system in a global partnership that also includes the private sector.

Working Paper

See below PDF to download (updated version from 11. Nov 2022)

Summary Report

See below PDF to download (updated version from 10. Feb 2023)

Project lead and contact

Philipp Aerni, Director CCRS

CD4AI - Stakeholder Surveys in Selected African Countries on the Perception of Initiatives to Promote Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation