PARI - Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation


Sustainable agricultural growth; food and nutrition security; targeting innovation investments; development of the agri-food sector; mechanization of skills; youth engagement; digitalization in agriculture; Africa, India


Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia


Africa is increasingly emphasizing the role of innovation in development. The Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 takes into consideration the social, economic, and technological progress Africa has made over the last decade. Innovation for sustainable and high agricultural growth forms an important part of this ambition. The German Government has acknowledged this innovation potential and wants to support the improvement of food and nutrition security and sustainable agricultural value chains through Green Innovation Centers (GICs) in Africa and India implemented by the GIZ.

PARI’s main goal is to contribute to sustainable agricultural growth and food and nutrition security in Africa and India. Related goals are to promote and support the scaling of proven innovations in the agri-food sector in collaboration and partnership with all relevant actors; to support and enhance investments in the GICs and their enabling environment through research; and thereby to contribute to the development of the agri-food sector in Africa and India through the identification, assessment and up-scaling of innovations.


PARI pursues the following strategies:

  1. Analyses of the potential and impact of innovations (which innovations to invest in, where and for whom),
  2. Identification and assessment of supportive measures to strengthen the framework / policy conditions for the generation and dissemination of promising agriculture and rural areas development–related innovations, and
  3. Engaging with food, nutrition, agriculture and rural areas development policy makers to inform reforms and investment decisions that an improve job creation and food and nutrition security.

The core topics and thematic research priorities of the PARI have been identified in accordance with the African Union’s CAADP (Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security & nutrition, economic growth & prosperity for all) as part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

Drawing on these priorities as well as research findings by the PARI partners to date, research is structured in five clusters:

  1. Targeting investments in innovations and framework conditions
  2. Mechanization and skill development for productivity growth, employment and value addition
  3. Digitalization in agriculture, food and nutrition
  4. Enhancing opportunities for the youth in the rural economy
  5. Improving the policy context and contributing to evidence-based policy

Main Cooperation Partners

  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP)
  • University of Hohenheim (UHOH)
  • Akademiya2063
  • National Partners in Africa

Main Funding Partners

PARI is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of One world, No Hunger Initiative (SEWOH).

Duration of the Project

December 2014 – December 2022

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Heike Baumüller

Dr. Heike Baumüller