- TAP welcomes arrival of new Associate Professional Officer from Germany. The TAP Secretariat welcomes Mr. Christian Grovermann, Associate Professional Officer (APO) from the Federal Republic of Germany. An agricultural and resource economist by training, for the past year he has been a science assistant and lecturer at the Department of Land-use Economics in the Tropics and Subtropics at Hohenheim University, while finalizing his PhD thesis. Through February 2016, Christian will provide support to the TAP Secretariat in the following key areas: follow-up to the TAP Action Plan implementation, focal point for global and regional task forces, and promotion of information-sharing and TAP outreach /communication activities with partners.
- The TAP Steering Committee held its first videoconference on 21 November 2013. During the discussion it was agreed that a Global Task Force (GTF) will be established to set a common framework for capacity development in agricultural innovation systems with the use of common capacity assessment tools. This will serve TAP partners and national counterparts to align their CD interventions.
- Next TAP Steering Committee Meeting to be held at FAO in 1Q-2014. The next face-to-face meeting of the TAP Steering Committee will be held in FAO Headquarters in Rome. On that occasion, it is envisaged that the Global Task Force will be formally launched under the auspices of the Director-General of FAO.
- Partners are committed to advancing TAP: The Government of Germany has provided financial support for the funding of the APO position beginning in February 2014. Additionally, the following partners have committed to providing in-kind contributions to TAP. AFAAS, AGREENIUM, CAAS, CABI, CATAS, CGIAR, FARA, IFAD, World Bank, YPARD.
- The G20 members of the Tropical Agriculture Platform wish to thank the Federal Republic of Germany for funding an Associate Professional Officer (APO) to help further the work of TAP.
- Partners agree on the Action Plan and Governance of the G20 Tropical Agriculture Platform during the TAP Inception Workshop and Partner Assembly in China.
TAP Partners in Hainan, China, September 2013
TAP facilitates more effective and streamlined capacity development interventions in innovation systems in tropical agriculture. TAP was created to focus specifically on capacity development in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), more than 90% of which are located at least partly within the Tropics.
TAP provides a mechanism for all actors to communicate, exchange ideas, knowledge, experiences, and practices, and work in a more coordinated way, learning from each other about capacity development policies and practices that work. Interventions will acknowledge national leadership and ownership and will be aligned with national plans and demands. TAP fosters partnerships and shared visions to steer agricultural innovation along a more coherent path and to arrive at development solutions at scale with lower transaction costs. TAP also works to establish close linkages with relevant existing multi-partner initiatives that promote coherent institutional approaches, such as those being implemented by regional fora and international agencies.
The TAP partners will develop three services to help boost agricultural innovation in the Tropics: