Research & Developments
We, at MDA-AGRIMECHATEQ, we understand that Agricultural Technical Systems and Mechanics helps prepare individuals for the agricultural mechanics work environment through the application of problem-solving skills and a basic knowledge of agricultural machinery and equipment repair and maintenance. Therefore, our EU-African Agricultural Innovation Centre (EUAFAIC) is the first of its kind in Africa that is created by the Process Engineer and former Scientist of CERN and the Czech Technical University, Marcel Dione, to face the daunting challenge of the mechanization of the African agriculture, especially when combined with the effects of climate change, resource scarcity and growing African population. EUAAIC is mainly established to facilitate the transfer of know-how, technologies and equipment for the development and modernization of the agricultural mechanization of West African.
The pace of agricultural innovation has increased over the last 10 to 15 years, with advances in genomics, software, communications, logistics, and technology. The public sector has traditionally been the driving force behind these advances and represented the lion’s share of agricultural research and development (R&D) expenditures, with global public-sector R&D accounting for 55% of the US$69 billion total in 2011 (the most recent year for which global data are available). But more recently, constrained fiscal policies in many countries have slowed public-sector R&D growth. The private sector R&D has increasingly filled the gap: Private investment in agricultural innovation has resulted in new technologies and production techniques with significant promise to boost productivity.
The R&D program of MDACI’s EU-African Agricultural Innovation Centre consists of the development and innovation of the following agricultural technologies, equipment and tools, and their proper and economic operation and maintenance (O&M):
- Tractors, trailers, harvesters, cisterns, etc.;
- Agricultural structures and fencing (construction and maintenance);
- Plumbing and irrigation systems;
- Principles behind mechanical, electrical, solar, and wind power;
- Mechanical farming methods for 12-month a year;
- Vocational Education & Training (VET) of Farmer in cooperation with the Ministries of the Agricultures of West African states.
Our EU-African Agricultural Innovation centre will also produce the following Products:
- Agricultural handbooks for West African or tropical region;
- Interactive DVDs included with the handbooks features learning tools that reinforce and enhance content knowledge and skills;
- Trimestrial Agricultural Magazines, Newpapers and booklets on the West African Agricultural Technical Systems and Mechanics, which shall address the primary knowledge and skills required for success in the mechanization of West African Agriculture, including Power, Structural and Technical (PST) systems;
- West African Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR);
- Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster Standards, identifying technical knowledge and skills as well as communication, teamwork, and leadership skills that enables individuals to participate in the agricultural mechanics career development event (CDE) – creation of job opportunities for the youth and poverty alleviation;