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					AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
       COUNCIL

   Portfolio Committee
       13 May 2008
     Dr Shadrack Moephuli
        President & CEO
OBJECTIVES OF THE ARC AS PER
            ACT
 To CONDUCT RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT &
  TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IN ORDER TO:
   Promote agriculture & industry;
   Contribute to better quality of life;
   Facilitate/ensure natural resource conservation




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    Policy Mandate Considerations
• Government’s National Priority
    • Agriculture Programme of Action
    • Strategic Plan for South African Agriculture (Sector
      Plan)
    • Land and Agriculture Reform Programme (LARP)
    • National Research & Development Strategy
    • Ten Year Plan for Science and Technology
• African Agenda (NEPAD)
  – Consolidated Science and Technology Plan of Action
  – Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Plan



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        Institutional Reviews (2006)
• Management process to identify necessary changes in
  operations and to implement them;
• Consistency & interconnectedness of KPI with actual results
  achieved
• Poor record of disseminating results of own research
• Need to establish formal partnerships with HEIs
• Review effectiveness in planning and implement continuous
  improvement in strategic thinking
• Ensure alignment of design, structure and coordination of
  internal business units
• Conduct customer satisfaction reviews (e.g. CSIR & MINTEK
  models)


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     Institutional Review -- continued
• Transformation: HR, Culture, Research agenda &
  Communication with external stakeholders
• Capacity development strategy
• Career paths for junior & middle ranking staff
• Rewards & incentives to encourage innovation, knowledge &
  technology generation
• External communication strategy integral to annual strategic
  plans & KPIs




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STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS
– Increased Focus on Basic/Fundamental
  Research
– Human Capital Development
– Technology Development
– Technology Transfer/Dissemination
  (Targeted Focus on User Groups)?
– Organizational Performance


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            VISION & MISSION
• VISION:
  – “Excellence in Agricultural Research and
    Development”
• MISSION:
  – “The ARC is a premier science institution that
    conducts fundamental and applied research with
    partners to generate new knowledge, develop human
    capital and foster innovation in agriculture, through
    technology development and dissemination, and
    competitive commercialization of research results, in
    support of developing a prosperous agricultural
    sector”


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                                                                                                                                                       excellence (Internally and
                                           agricultural technologies




                                                                                                  Support for/ to resource-
                                                                       improved technologies




                                                                                                                               Competitiveness of SA
                            Strategic




                                                                        Transfer the ability to
                                                                         utilise the new and
                                              New and improved




                                                                                                                                                          sustainability and
                                                                                                                                                            Organisational
                             Thrusts




                                                                                                       poor farmers



                                                                                                                                   Agriculture



                                                                                                                                                              externally)
 Strategic
 Objectives
1. Generate, develop and apply new
                                          XXXX                               XX                   XX                          XXX                               X
   knowledge and technology
2. Sustainable use of natural resources
                                          XXX                             XXX                     XXX                         XXX                               X

3. Enhance nutrition, food security and
                                          XXX                             XXX                     XXX                         XXX                               X
   safety
4. Enhance the ability of the
   agricultural sector to manage and      XXX                             XXX                     XXX                         XXX                               X
   mitigate agricultural risk
5. Technology Transfer
                                          XXX                                XX                   XX                          XXXX                              X

6. Achieve organizational growth and                                                                                                                                   8
                                              X                                 X                    X                          X                               X
   sustainability
                     VALUES
• Batho Pele principles
• Ons maak ‘n plan
• TARGET
  – Truth
  – Accountability
  – Respect
  – Growth
  – Excellence
  – Trust


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       ALIGN ORGANIZATION TO
             STRATEGY
•   Business unit strategies must be linked &
    integrated
•   Break the silos
•   Consistent set of priorities and message across all
    business units
•   Common themes and objectives permeating the
    scorecard
•   Coordinate the Balanced Scorecard & the
    Excellence Model

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             ARC Mandate: To conduct research, development and technology transfer in order to:
                                        •promote agriculture & industry;
                                      •contribute to a better quality of life
                               •facilitate/ensure natural resource conservation


                                                                           Mission Statement:
                                               The Agriculture Research Council is a premier science institution that conducts
             Vision:                           fundamental and applied research with partners to generate new knowledge,
    Excellence in Agricultural                      develop human capital and foster innovation in agriculture through
   Research and Development                            technology development and dissemination, and competitive
                                                commercialisation of research results in support of developing a prosperous
                                                                            agricultural sector.




                                                                                                            Enhance the ability
                           Generate, develop
                                                       Sustainable use and        Enhance Nutrition,         of the agricultural
                            and apply new
                                                         management of            Food Security and          sector to manage
                            knowledge and
                                                        natural resources              Safety                   and mitigate
                              technology
                                                                                                              agricultural risks
   Achieve
organisational
 growth and
sustainability


                                                                  Technology Transfer
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      NATIONAL PRIORITIES
• Agriculture Programme of Action
  – Land and Agriculture Reform Programme
    (LARP)
  – Sector Plan Review and Implementation
  – Agriculture Research & Development Strategy
• National Research and Development
  Strategy
  – Ten Year Plan for Science and Technology
• NEPAD

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       LARP Goals, Strategies & Objectives
                             Poverty
  Goals                                                     Goals
                           Eradication



                                 Good
           Strategies                          Strategies
                             Governance

  Job                Access           Profitability         Economic
Creation                 &                  &                Growth
                   Participation    Competitiveness

                        Sustainable Agricultural
                            Resource Use                    Exports
 Land Reform

      Production                                   Agribusiness
                             Services &
                           Infrastructure                              14
Objectives                                             Objectives
          LARP DELIVERABLES
•   Redistribute 5 million hectares of white-owned
    agricultural land to 10 000 new agricultural
    producers.
•   Increase Black entrepreneurs in the agribusiness
    industry by 10 %.
•   Provide universal access to agricultural support
    services to the target groups.
•   Increase agricultural production by 10-15% for the
    target groups.
•   Increase agricultural trade by 10-15% for the target
    groups.

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 ACTION BY PRIORITY INDUSTRIES
       Start with                                          Product Portfolio
 Industries that deliver
  growth now and/or are                                      Total Value Chain
  positioned for further
  growth: collaborate & de-                     HORTICULTURE
                                                     Primary                               Packaging
  bottleneck                                     Agricultura          Processing          / Additional
                                     LIVESTOCK
                                    Pri       Primary
                                                    l activity                       Packaging add
                                                                                            Value
 Industries that are               ma   Agricultura             Processing         / Additional
  important for desired
                                 ORNAMENTAL
                                    ryPrimaryl activity                               Value
                                                                              Packaging add
                                                                          Packagin
  outcomes but are not yet     GRAINS
                                  Agricultura
                                    Agr                  Processing          / Additional
                                                                                 g/
                                     l activity
                                    icul               Processi                Value add
  competitive: lead the way INDUSTRIAL                                    Additiona
                                    tur                       ng
                                                Processi                   l /
                                                                    Packaging Value
                                                 e           ng         Value add add
                                    Primary
                                   Agriculture

                                 the Foundation

                                                          Fix the basics: scientific solutions
                 New & improved technologies
                                                          Research & Development
Cross-           Technology Transfer
                                                          Human Capital Development
                 Support LARP
Cutting                                                   Knowledge Infrastructure
                 Competitiveness of SA Agric.
Issues                                                    Provide infrastructure services
                 Organizational Sustainability                                                          16
                                                          Enablers for Innovation
        TOWARDS A KNOWLEDGE –
           BASED ECONOMY
•   Increase (Shift) the proportion of national
    income derived from knowledge – based
    industries:
    –   % of workforce employed in knowledge – based jobs
    –   Ratio of firms using technology to innovate


•   Science & technology, information & learning
    move to centre of economic activity

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     PROGRESS BASED ON THE
          FOLLOWING:
•   Human Capital Development
•   Knowledge generation & exploitation (R &
    D)
•   Knowledge infrastructure
•   Enablers to address the “innovation
    chasm” between research results &
    socioeconomic outcomes

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     GRAND CHALLENGE AREAS
•   Farmer to Pharma value chain on bioeconomy
•   Space Science and Technology – earth
    observation and engineering
•   Energy Security – renewable energy etc
•   Global change science – climate change
•   Human and social dynamics – role of science in
    development & growth



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    PRINCIPLES FOR TEN YEAR PLAN
•    Strategic Decision
•    Competitive Advantage
•    Critical Mass
•    Sustainable Capacity
•    Life – Cycle Planning




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TRANSFORMATION FOR KNOWLEDGE – BASED
             ECONOMY
Indicator        Measure                                       2018
SA positioned Economic growth due to technical progress        30 %
as knowledge- Knowledge – based national income                >50 %
based economy Ratio employed in knowledge based jobs           >50 %
              Ratio firms using technology to innovate         >50 %
              GERD/GDP (0.87% in 2004 – current 0.92%)         2%
              No. of RSA originated US Patents (100 in 2002)   250
Research and     Matrics with exemption in Maths & Science     9%
technology       Ratio of SET students at tertiary level       30 %
enablers         No. of Ph.D graduates per year                2 200
                 Gross availability of SET graduates/year      450 000
                 No. of FTE researchers                        20 000
                 Total researchers per 1000 people employed    5%

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  THANK YOU

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