Program Duration: 2013-2015
Donor: Australian Aid (AUSAid)
Program Contacts for ATPS: Dr. Nicholas Ozor, Executive Director, ATPS.
Program Coordinator: Prof John Howieson (Principal Investigator), Murdoch University
Project Value: AUS$ 76,000
The African Technology Policy Studies Network in collaboration with Murdoch University, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG), the University of the Witwatersrand, the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor in Mozambique (BAGC), Curtin University, James Cook University, the Crawford Fund, the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC), and Planet Minerals (a member of AAMIG)are engaged in a project to explore linkages between mining industry investments and agricultural sector in Mozambique and Liberia.
This project was informed by more than 2 years of in-depth discussions, including three conferences hosted by Murdoch University in Australia in which ATPS actively participated. The discussions attracted numerous mining, government, university, agricultural industry, and NGO representatives from African nations and Australian participants with a strong interest in Africa, and discussed several aspects where mining interfaces with agriculture.
The project seeks to:
The role of ATPS relates to the support and implementation of the communication strategy that will be produced in the course of the project. The ATPS through its mentorship program will provide capacity building for women and youth during the implementation of the project. The ATPS will also prepare, publish and disseminate widely information, project results and assessment, tapping in ATPS wide network of policy makers, researchers, private sector and civil society.