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Support to the implementation of the Long-term EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Project description

Growing EU-Africa partnerships for sustainable agriculture

More production, less waste. This is the goal of global agriculture practices and food systems. Sustainable agricultural development is key for food and nutrition security. The EU-funded LEAP4NSSA project will provide a partnership mechanism for European and African research and innovation actors. As a Coordination and Support Action, LEAP4FNSSA aims to increase synergies and coherence between institutions (both public and private), projects, initiatives and programmes, funders and other actors to improve scaling and impact. Bringing together 35 partners from 23 countries, the project will develop a learning environment, a large knowledge base including monitoring and evaluation, create communication channels and develop strong research and policy linkages to spearhead the establishment of a long-term sustainable bicontinental platform.


The general objective of LEAP4FNSSA is to establish a sustainable structure, or ‘Platform’, for the efficient and coherent implementation of the AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership as described in the FNSSA Roadmap. Under the aegis of the HLPD and its Bureau, and by building upon related projects such as RINEA, CAAST-Net.
Plus, ProIntensAfrica and LEAP-Agri, LEAP4FNSSA aims to achieve this overall objective through three specific objectives: - Increase the synergies and coherence between actors, research and innovation projects, initiatives and programmes, through the development of institutional alliances and clusters of projects; - Develop a learning environment and a large knowledge base, including monitoring and evaluation activities, creating communication and links between different initiatives to improve STI cooperation; - Establish a long term and sustainable governance and funding mechanism for the Platform. To reach these objectives, LEAP4FNSSA will build on a large consortium of experienced partners and implement a methodology based on 3 principles: long-term impact, relevance of the outputs to the HLPD, and innovative actions. Long-term impact of the CSA relates to its main objective to enable and catalyse the transformation of the existing AU EU FNSSA Partnership into a bi-continental Platform for collaboration, organised along a Knowledge and Management Communication Framework. Outputs relevant to the HLPD will be achieved by connecting and framing activities of all Work Packages on top of the supporting activities specifically requested in the SFS-33-2018. Innovative actions are foreseen to run the Platform efficiently throught e.g. the development of a new approach to information mapping, text and data mining, and testing of multistakeholder alliances at a regional level and the mobilisation of actors to manage research and innovation programming in a 4-steps management cycle.

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Net EU contribution
€ 352 212,56
Total cost
€ 352 212,56

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