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Final Report - PAEPARD (Building up a platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development)

Project ID: 43657
Funded under: FP6-COORDINATION


Africa is well behind schedule for achieving the Millennium Development Goals of halving poverty by 2015. This is partly due to the poor performance of the agricultural sector. The region's average per capita income is among the lowest in the world; almost half of the continent's 700 million people live on less than one dollar per day. The rural areas, where agriculture is the mainstay for all people, support around 70-80 percent of the total population. Improvement in agricultural performance has the potential to increase rural incomes and purchasing power for large numbers of people.

Therefore, PAEPARD was established. The general objective of the platform was to enhance collaboration among the European and African Agricultural research for development (ARD) stakeholders by enabling mutual learning and knowledge sharing and, increasing the number and the efficiency of joint research projects for African agricultural development financed through the incoming Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and EDF10.

Their final report identifies the actions that urgently need to be taken so that inroads can be made towards reaching the MDGs.

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