The MRC was set up in May 1992 to promote and coordinate the national investments on research. The objectives are :
- Encourage, promote and coordinate research and development in every field of activity: scientific, technological, social and economical.
- Advise the government on the scientific and technological politics
- Establish the guidelines and formulate the national politics on research and development
Encourage the commercial use of the research and development results for national interest.
The Mauritius Research Council (MRC) supports the Smart Agriculture project financially through the Biotechnology Research and Innovation Grant developed by the Ministry of technology, communication and innovation. This grant aims at promoting partnerships between the private and public sector to implement biotechnological projects of a socio-economical interest. The BRIG is applicable for 4 areas of activities including sustainable agriculture and food security.
The European Union (UE) is an economical and political partnership between 28 European states. The phase 2 of the Smart Agriculture project receives an important financial support from the EU, through the « GCCA+ flagship initiative “Supporting Climate Smart Agriculture for smallholders in the Republic of Mauritius” » programme.
The GCCA+ (Global Climate Change Alliance) is a programme launched in 2007 by the EU. It aims at enhancing the discussions and cooperation with developing countries, focusing on under developed as well as developing insular states. The GCCA+ is a major initiative of the EU. Its contribution is to address the challenges of the global climate change.
The aim of the “Supporting Climate Smart Agriculture for smallholders in the Republic of Mauritius” programme is to contribute to the food security in Mauritius by increasing the resilience of small growers in the face of climate change as well as increasing the capabilities of small vulnerable farmers and other key players in the sector so as to move towards a smart agriculture.
The Smart Agriculture project aims at working cross-sectionally with the different stakeholders of the agricultural development in Mauritius. It accompanies the agro-ecological transition of the vegetable cultivation systems and is supported by the GCCA+ programme of the EU.
The hypothesis being put forward is that the collaboration and the collective reflection between all the different types of producers will facilitate the technical exchanges, help in furthering the discussions while taking into consideration all the different contexts and get the whole community of growers to integrate on the national level their decisions in the fields.
The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was set up as a corporate body in November 2003 as per the HRD Act 2003. The setting up of the HRDC was inspired by recommendations of a report on National Integrated Training Strategy, prepared by an International Labour Organisation (ILO) consultant, whereby the need for an apex body that would guide and provide the necessary thrust for human resource development in Mauritius was felt.
HRDC has been vested with the responsibility to look after and promote the development of the labour force in Mauritius in line with the requirements of a fast growing economy.
The objectives of the HRDC as spelt out in the HRD Act 2003 are to:
- Promote human resource development in line with national economic and social objectives;
- Stimulate a culture of training and lifelong learning at the individual, organisational and national levels to enhance employability of the labour force and increase productivity; and
- Provide the necessary human resource thrust for a successful transformation of the country’s economy into a Knowledge Economy.
Thematic trainings are one of the most important aspects of the project. HRDC will help the smart agriculture project finance these, under the Sectoral Skill Development Scheme.
The objective of Région Réunion / France Volontaire is to staff the project through two VIS who will respectively be a network animator and a project coordinator under the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
The VIS is a “Volunteer of International Solidarity”. This volunteering act is about “accomplishment of a mission of general interest abroad in the areas of cooperation for development and humanitarian actions”. This mission is organized by the welcoming partner for which the volunteer can bring his/her support through a technical assistance or mediation. The sending partner (certified association by the French ministry of Foreign Affairs) has as goal to bring the two countries together. The volunteer commits to an ethical framework in a social and societal context. The scope of intervention is broad : teaching, health action, information and communication, sustainable development, project management, public or territorial administration.
This type of projects aim at:
- Strengthening the professional capabilities and competencies of local stakeholders
- Contributing in the outward orientation ; networking
- Maintain a good regional cooperation.