First meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue Bureau Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

The kick-off meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) Bureau Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) Working Group took place at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 15-16th March.

Participants of the kick-off meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 15-16 March 2017 | photo: Melissa Plath

The Working Group was formed to provide oversight and coordination of the initiatives supporting the R&I partnership broadly, and the Roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture more specifically, as well as to undertake monitoring and evaluation functions for the Partnership.

The first meeting, co-Chaired by the European Union Commission and the African Union Commission, aimed to provide Working Group members with an overview of the programs and projects supporting the R&I Partnership and to define Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) needs and processes to be undertaken. The meeting started with a review of the HLPD and the Roadmap, followed by a number of presentations from initiatives currently working in support of the R&I Partnership. RINEA presented a synopsis of the M&E chapter of the Roadmap, followed by case example presentations of monitoring and evaluation for impact from experts experienced in undertaking these activities. The meeting ended with a discussion and brainstorming session to define future activities and next steps the Working Group.

Broadly, the Working Group agreed on an initial set of principles for undertaking monitoring and evaluation of past and present initiatives in support of the Partnership. A first task will be to create a lightweight framework for these initiatives to self-evaluate and report their contribution to the Partnership. The Working Group aims to produce a first report for the HLPD for their next meeting, scheduled for October 2017.

Agenda

1. Welcome address by the co- chairs including Orientation and Working Methods
(Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer EC and Laila Lokosang AUC)

2. Tour de table and adoption of the agenda

3. The HLPD, jointly presented by the EC and the AUC

1. State of ongoing programs and projects

a) Projects in support of the implementation of the partnership, short 5 slide presentations

b) Update on AUG (Monica Ebele Idinoba, AUC)

c) ERANET COFUND (Bernard Mallet, ANR, LEAP-AGRI)

d) Horizon 2020 projects about to start (Agnieszka Romanowicz, EC)

2. Horizon 2020 next Work Programme (Agnieszka Romanowicz and Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer, EC)

3. Update on AU –EU Dialogue in other sectors

  • FARA (Irene Annor-Frempong)
  • AUC DREA (Laila Lokosang)
  • Others

Session 2: Preparation of the first Monitoring and Evaluation Report with a vision on impact

1. Presentation of the M&E paper (Andy Cherry, Almamy Konte, RINEA)

2. Presentation of integrating different knowledge systems with a vision for Impact – The experience of the JOLISAA project (Ann Waters-Bayer, JOLISAA)

3. Presentation of IMPRESS: From a culture of promise to a culture of impact (Philippe Petithuguenin, CIRAD)

4. Discussion and Conclusions of Day 1

 

At the third meeting of the High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) in April 2016 in Addis Ababa, senior officials adopted the Roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). The Roadmap outlines an implementation pathway as well as priorities for a joint developed research agenda, and was developed in the context of the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy (JAES) decided in 2007. These themes focus on: sustainable intensification, agriculture and food systems for nutrition, and expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade. Cross-cutting issues are also considered.

Emerging from discussions with stakeholders, the Working Group was established by the HLPD Bureau to provide oversight over the implementation of the Partnership on FNSSA. In particular, the need for greater coordination between the different instruments, partners, and projects implementing the Roadmap was highlighted during discussions. Included in this coordination is the need for monitoring and evaluating (M&E) the implementation of the Roadmap. In the beginning, the Working Group will focus its activities on M&E.