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 brings together partners from Africa, India and Germany to conduct research on sustainable agricultural development, food systems transformation, and food and nutrition security in Africa and India.


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 four themes:

Theme 1: Scaling innovations to promote multi-sectoral and sustainable approaches for small-scale producers

  • Multi-sectoral approaches in small-scale production systems, incl. animal husbandry and aquaculture
  • Promotion of sustainable, climate-smart production methods
  • Targeted measures that specifically support and empower women
  • Evaluation of experiences with the widespread dissemination of relevant technological and institutional innovations – Africa and India

Theme 2: Investment in infrastructure and skills as framework conditions for rural development and urban linkages

  • Complementary investments in hard and soft infrastructure
  • Innovative approaches to skill development for small-scale producers

Theme 3: Supporting sustainable and fair food systems through digital opportunities

Theme 4: Structural transformation of national agricultural innovation and research systems

Main Cooperation Partners

National partners in Africa and India:

  • 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)

Duration of the Project

December 2014 – December 2024

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Heike Baumüller

Dr. Heike Baumüller


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