Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Launch of two Dutch Funding instruments on food security challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries

Jos Engelen and Minister Lilianne Ploumen sign the convenant.
In the middle Harry Buikema of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
13th May 2013. The Hague. Two new Dutch Funding instruments on food security challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries were launched during a well attended meeting.

Food and Business Research aims at addressing persistent food security challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries. It focuses on the urgent and growing need for adequate knowledge and solutions for regional and local problems related to food security. Food and Business Research consists of two funding instruments: the Global Challenges Programme and the Applied Research Fund. Both are part of the Food & Business Knowledge Agenda of the Ministry of the Dutch Foreign Affairs.

Food and Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) This programme provides grants to research that generates insights into the functioning of the global food system. The closing date for submitting preliminary applications is 9 July 2013. Proposals should be submitted by consortia of research organisations and various public and private organisations from both the Netherlands and at least one Low and Middle-Income Country (LMIC). Dutch enterprises are especially encouraged to participate.
Food and Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) This Call for proposals invites consortia composed of private and public practitioners organisations and research organisations, from the 15 Dutch development partner countries and from the Netherlands, to submit project proposals for applied research for innovation.
Of the 15 partner countries for Dutch international cooperation, following countries are from Africa: Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan, Uganda. A grant amounts to a minimum of 50,000 euro (for six months) to a maximum of 300,000 euro (for 36 months). Proposals can be submitted continuously during the course of this first Call for proposals. This Call closes at 15 April 2014. Proposals received will be collected and assessed in three different rounds:
Myrtille Danse, member Steering Committee, presented the Food and Business Knowledge Forum and Heleen Bos, also a member of the Steering Committee gave a reaction to the synthesis of the online debate (see below). Henk Molenaar, NWO-WOTRO explained the Food and Business Global Challenges Program and Food & Business Applied Research Fund while Paul Engel, Chair of the Steering Committee concluded the day and invited participants in the networking/matchmaking session.

From December until the end of March, The Broker facilitated a dossier on food security. The core of the dossier was an online debate organized jointly with the Dutch Food and Business Knowledge Forum, a new knowledge platform initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find innovative ways to address food insecurity. The focus of the debate was the Dutch government’s analysis of food security, which forms the basis of its policies on food security and nutrition, and to understand better the impact of these policies on developing countries. The ‘Opening Statement’ describes this process.

After a three-month debate on food security, the report with the main findings and recommendations is now online. Over 90 international experts helped determine key challenges and offered answers on how a knowledge-based policy can tackle global food issues. Those include: Mainza Mugoya of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation ; Marco Wopereis, AfricaRice ; Myra Wopereis-Pura, Consultant

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