Meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue Platform on Science, Technology and Innovation

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At the third meeting of the EU Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) senior officials adopted a roadmap towards an Africa-EU research and innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.

This research and innovation partnership has been jointly designed and is expected to be jointly governed and funded. It will enhance the coordination of Research and Innovation (R&I) programmes relevant to food and nutrition security in Europe and Africa. The EC has launched an Eranet cofund of 10 million euros in Horizon 2020 to achieve this. European and African countries are expected to contribute with around 20 million euros.

The R&I partnership takes a food system approach and addresses issues of sustainable intensification, nutrition, agricultural markets and trade and integrates earth observation tools, capacity building (human, institutional and research infrastructures) and innovation processes. The final aim is to make better use of Research results and translate these into products and processes that increase the production of high quality food with appropriate inputs, enhance income growth and promote rural development in both regions.

The EC has committed a total of 47.5 million euros, which combines 30 million euros from the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 and 17.5 million euros from the EU development programme in support of the African union research grants, to its implementation over 4 years and is ready to commit additional funding if the immediate results are satisfactory.

Discussions on long-term implementation have already taken place with a wide range of stakeholders from government, private sector, civil society and research at the Stakeholder Forum that immediately followed the HLPD in Addis. The roadmap was endorsed at the highest level by both commissions at their yearly College to College meeting in Addis Ababa on 7 April.

In addition, potential and future areas of cooperation, such as global health and global change, were also discussed. The HLPD was mandated to work on a proposal by 2017.


Source: European Commission