The IAC report Realizing the Promise and Potential of African Agriculture: Science and Technology Strategies for Improving Food Security and Agricultural Productivity in Africa was released in June 2004.  The recommendations and action agenda in the report were addressed to universities; national agricultural research systems and institutions; the private sector; regional and subregional intergovernmental organizations; academic, scientific, and extension staff; nongovernmental and community-based organizations and the mass media.

An Ad Hoc Follow-up Committee was appointed by the IAC Board in October 2004. It was tasked to help transfer the responsibilities for follow up of the reports recommendations and action agenda to more appropriate national and regional organizations; and to communicate and inform target groups and others on the analysis, diagnosis, and recommendations formulated in the report and adopted by the IAC. The Committee was asked to coordinate its activities with other initiatives, such as the Hunger Task Force, the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSACP) of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the World Bank-supported International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).

The Ad Hoc Follow-up Committee issued a final report to the IAC Board in October 2005, for consideration at its Annual Meeting in February 2006.

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