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Towards a long-term Africa-EU partnership to raise sustainable food and nutrition security in Africa

Objective

PROIntensAfrica intends to develop a proposal for a long term research and innovation partnership between Europe and Africa, focusing on the improvement of the food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of African farmers by exploring and exploiting the diversity of pathways to sustainable intensification of African agro-food systems. The exploration will include environmental, economic and social externalities along the whole value chains. PROIntensAfrica has the ambition to formulate a research and innovation agenda, identifying the domains in need for further research to realize the potential of African food systems. In addition, PROIntensAfrica will suggest governance mechanisms that are effective in supporting the partnership. Key is the perception that pooling resources is the best way to align existing and initiate new research. This perception follows the policy of the EC, where instruments of joint programming like ERA-NET, JPI and article 185 aim to accomplish synergy and increase the effectiveness of resources. Pooling resources goes beyond the scientific domain and reaches into the policy domain. Consequently, besides being rooted in sound and challenging research, a partnership proposal needs to meet national and international policies to fly. Therefore PROIntensAfrica pay specific attention to engage with the policy domain, as exemplified by the intended creation of a policy support group.

The rationale of the project is that a variety of pathways leads to sustainable intensification of African food systems. Different pathways are advocated in literature. High-input farming systems, for example, contrast with organic farming systems, each with their own supporters and criticasters. It is the conviction of the PROIntensAfrica consortium that moving beyond that debate will open exciting new pathways, and that combining elements of different systems will yield innovative systems that are optimally adapted to specific contexts.
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Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

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Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 160 508

Participants (23)

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FORUM FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN AFRICA, GHANA

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 109 619

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 127 147

CONF. RESPONS. RECHER. AGRONOM.AFRIQ. DE L'OUEST & DU CENTRE

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 72 328

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 36 125

CENTRE FOR COORDINATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA

Botswana

EU Contribution

€ 47 547

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 37 357

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 26 176

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ARC)

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 36 355

INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACAO CIENTIFICA TROPICAL

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 3 512,31

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 83 775

AFRICAN FORUM FOR AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES

Uganda

EU Contribution

€ 31 578

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 37 006

THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR STRENGTHENING AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Uganda

EU Contribution

€ 52 000

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 24 187

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 23 223

CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 11 461

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 7 586

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 23 569

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 20 428

SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 19 813

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 14 969

INSTITUT DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES

Burkina Faso

EU Contribution

€ 8 756

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 31 979,69

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 652671

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2015

  • End date

    31 March 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 777 873,75

  • EU contribution

    € 1 047 005

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands