Stakeholder Forum to implement the Africa‐EU R&I Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture

The Bureau of the Africa‐EU High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (HLPD Bureau on STI) in collaboration with a group of Africa‐EU STI projects and initiatives in support of this policy dialogue organised a stakeholder forum in Addis Ababa, in association with the Senior Officials' meeting of the HLPD on 4‐5 April 2016 and the College‐to‐College meeting on 7 April 2016, in order to discuss the implementation of the Africa‐EU Research and Innovation (R&I) Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA).

In 2014 the HLPD Bureau commissioned a balanced group of African and European experts to
prepare an input to a roadmap towards this Africa‐EU R&I Partnership on FNSSA, with mutual
priorities in the FNSSA domain for collaborative research and innovation, taking the whole value chain into consideration. The completed roadmap has now been placed before the Senior Officials for endorsement.

Objectives

  • Foster the engagement of actors across the whole FNSSA value chain, and essential for
    innovations: government, industry, civil society and research organisations.
  • Present the short‐ to medium‐ term investments made towards the implementation of the
    Africa‐EU R&I Partnership on FNSSA.
  • Explore concrete long‐term options for the implementation of the Africa‐EU R&I Partnership on FNSSA.

Outputs and outcomes

  • Stimulating engagement of existing and new national, regional, philanthropic and private funders with their programmes/schemes for supporting the Africa‐EU R&I Partnership on FNSSA.
  • Developing a concrete approach for a long‐term collaboration platform including all relevant actors and existing initiatives along the whole FNSSA value chain from knowledge to innovations.
  • Gaining further stakeholder recommendations on modalities like organisational structure,
    funding and communication for the implementation of the R&I Partnership on FNSSA for
    particular attention of funding institutions and policy makers.
  • Initiating a discourse on Common research agendas

Context and background

Africa and Europe have a rich and long‐term evolving collaborative relationship in scientific and
technological research and innovation. Shared priorities and policy objectives at national and
continental levels as well as consensus around the contribution of science, technology and
innovation (STI) to addressing our common and global challenges, and to enhancing our social,
environmental and economic well‐being, are driving our cooperation for the benefit of all our
citizens.

Continental frameworks such as the African Union’s STI Strategy for Africa 2024 and the Europe 2020 strategy spell out the regions’ scientific and technical priorities for driving social and economic growth and development. Both explicitly acknowledge the importance of partnership to addressing our priorities, an acknowledgement that is regularly endorsed at high‐level meetings across the continents.

The recent adoption in New York of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on financing for development affirms the global consensus around the centrality of international cooperation on science, technology and innovation, and of enhanced knowledge sharing for achieving the goals and their associated targets (see goals 9 and 17 as well as other more thematic goals). The second SDG on achieving food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture as well as the first SDG on ending poverty in all its forms everywhere is of direct relevance to the context of the High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) Stakeholder Forum.

For more background information and portraits of the supporting projects please download the Stakeholder Forum concept note.

You might also be interested in the 'Expert Input to the Roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership' with an initial focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture, April 2015.

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