CIRAD and the University of Pretoria (South Africa) renew their Memorandum of Understanding

On 21 November 2011, CIRAD and the University of Pretoria have signed a memorandum of understanding at the offices of the Embassy which confirms and strengthens their existing partnership. The collaboration between CIRAD and the University of Pretoria dates back to 1998, when the first CIRAD researcher was out-posted in South Africa. Since then, nine CIRAD researchers have been in post at the University of Pretoria. In 2010, the two institutions formalized part of their cooperation in the form of a research and academic partnership platform for public policy and governance analysis in the fields of rural development and natural resource management in Southern Africa. Acknowledging the importance of this collaboration and willing to take it further, the representatives of the two institutions gathered at the French Embassy in Pretoria to renew the existing memorandum of understanding, signed in 2006 and expiring by the end of 2011. Professor Anton Ströh, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria and Dr Pierre Fabre, Head of CIRAD’s Environments and Societies Department, signed the document in presence of His Excellency Mr Jacques Lapouge, Ambassador of France to South Africa. The document is renewed for a period of 5 and indicates the modalities of the cooperation and the responsibilities of the two parties. It is placed under the umbrella of the Agreement on Development Cooperation between South Africa and France signed in 2001 and the Agreement regulating technical assistance signed in 2003, emphasising the special role of the research and academic component of this cooperation.

More info :

Dr Jacques Lançon, CIRAD Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, jacques.lancon@cirad.fr ; or
Dr Emmanuel Torquebiau, CIRAD correspondent in South Africa, emmanuel.torquebiau@cirad.fr

The Ambassador of France, HE Mr Jacques Lapouge, with Professor Anton Ströh, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria and Dr Pierre Fabre, Head of CIRAD’s Environments and Societies Department

publie le 02/12/2011

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