Topic: Sustainable intensification pathways of agro-food systems in Africa.
“Together to build up knowledge eco-innovation Economy in Agro-food transformation . A common perspective of complementary coherent development of policies and practices in research and eco-innovation of Agro-food systems between EU & Africa to get an important implications for sustainable development and global food security”
TITLE: <Enhancing scientific and cultural capacity to inspire informed action on Agriculture ìnnovation and on food and nutrition security (FNS) in the global environmental and climate change >.
-“OBJECTIVE “Transforming agriculture through EU/AFRICA scientific and cultural collaboration for improving sustainable models of innovation through multisectoral research and cultural cooperation activities keys to succeed in the endeavour of ensuring sustainable FNS. ”
Preliminary information : Goals of the EGOCREANET- Proposal
–> To advance Horizon long term strategy forward the transformation of African agriculture for improving food and nutrition security;
–> To exhange between EU/AFRICA member countries’ knowledge and capacity for the design of sustainable innovation of agriculture and rural transformation to help Africa move towards self-sufficiency in food quality and security .
–>To empower common scientific and cultural capabilities to manage environmental risks and climate changes in developing appropriate adaptation models and innovation sustainable strategies by strengthening a large partnership and connecting with existing EU-Africa institutions ,and other stakeholders thus improving the impact of research by joining forces.
KEY REQUESTS OF THE CALL :the Objectives Project Proposal : 1) sustainable transformation of African agriculture. 2) food and nutrition security (FNS).3) EU/AFRICA DIALOGUE for expanding partnership both EU and in Africa taking into account present and emerging initiatives at national, EU, African (e.g. CAADP and the forthcoming Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa) and global level so as to maximise omplementarities and synergies.
è Premiminary phases for developing SFS-6 H-2014 Project.
à Meeting in Roma (IT) 17 th /01 / 2014 c/o Faculty of Economy Roma 3 . Roma Italy
AGENDA of the Meeting.
1) Develop a partnership framework to revolutionize agriculture innovation and food security cooperation between EU/AFRICA; 2) opening a debate about the Horizon strategic perspective and recommendations to find a coherent agreement within National Agricullture Innovation based on public, private and development Agriculture sectors and investment; 3) Favour the H-2014 diffusion of an articulate new vision of EU/AFRICA complementariety in Food-Agricolture global eco-economy transformation.4) other specific issues in relation to the requirements of the brief SFS-06-2014
Many thanks for your kind cooperation . Very Cordially Paolo Manzelli 14th Jan. 2014 Firenze .firstname.lastname@example.org phone : +39/335/6760004.
Specific challenge: long-term projections suggest that the pressure on food and nutrition security (FNS)will be the highest in Africa as a combined result of low levels of agricultural productivity and high demographic growth rates. Boosting agricultural productivity while ensuring environmental, economic and social sustainability (including the fighting against land degradation/desertification and coping with climate change) is a challenge but essential in lifting poorer rural households out of poverty, ensuring rural employment and the livelihood of the farming community and providing food for an increasing urban population. The Science Agenda for African Agriculture is calling for a transformation of African agriculture. This transformation, which implies better integration of smallholder agriculture in markets and better functioning supply chains, needs to involve agricultural producers and processors. Productivity gains need to be sought beyond agricultural production practices, along the whole supply chain (including postharvest losses, waste). There is a growing recognition that pathways of intensification are diverse and context specific. Hence, concerted efforts on research and innovation on sustainable models of intensification in the agro-food chain and the proofs of concept should be keys to succeed in the endeavour of ensuring sustainable FNS. Several research institutions in EU Member States are exploring the establishment of a large partnership together with research partners in Africa, thus improving the impact of research by joining forces.
Scope: Proposals should develop further the concept and approach expected to be implemented in the partnership. Feasibility, strategic priorities and action plan should be developed taking full account of present and emerging initiatives at national, EU, African (e.g. CAADP and the forthcoming Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa) and global level so as to maximise complementarities and synergies. Furthermore, in addition to technological and economic factors, the strategic action plan should also take anthropological and cultural aspects into account. In line with the objectives of the EU strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and in particular with the implementation of the EU-Africa dialogue, proposals are encouraged to ensure commitment and participation of a variety of concerned partners established in the EU and in Africa.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
· creation of a long-term research partnership between Europe and Africa, involving potentially Member States and Associated countries and African countries, the related regional organisations (the EU and the African Union) and sub-regional coordination bodies on research and innovation on sustainable intensification pathways in agro-food systems. Creation of opportunities for private sector development;
· strong contribution to raising sustainable FNS in Africa in the medium term through socio-economic development
· better delivery and more efficient spending of research funds through synergies and complementarities between the various entities involved.
Type of action: Coordination and support actions