The Strengthening  Capacity for Agricultural Research and Development in Africa (SCARDA) project is funded by  the International Development Institute (DFID) in the United Kingdom.  The Project is led by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and is implemented by the two African Sub-regional organizations (SRO), ASARECA in the Eastern and CORAF/W in Western and North Africa.  In Southern Africa, the project is implemented by the SADC-FANR Directorate.
The SCARDA has two components and these are:
1. Strengthening managerial competencies of agricultural research institutions
2. Strengthening the capacity of professional and technical staff to conduct high quality research
The two components of the project are aligned to four outputs as indicated below:
In the SADC region, three pilot countries are selected for SCARDA.  The Focal Institutions are the Department of Agricultural Research and the Botswana College of Agriculture in Botswana, the National University of Lesotho in Lesotho and the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) and the School of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Zambia in Zambia.