CAAST-Net Plus released a new report analysing "programming experiences and future options for bi-regional research cooperation in food security".
"This report would be beneficial to all those involved in the creation, funding and coordination of ST and I multilateral collaborative initiatives, notably as part of large-scale EU programmes. We wanted to see what lessons could be learned from similar efforts already underway or concluded so as to avoid mistakes made previously and ensure we followed the best practices possible when attempting the establishment of a new cooperative venture between the EU and Africa and operating in the field of FNS," Johan Viljoen of the French National Institute for Research for Sustainable Development (IRD) (formerly the Institute for Research for Development).
Programming mechanisms reviewed in the report include the EU's INCO-NET, BILAT, and ERA-NET projects as well as the so-called Article 185 and Joint Programming initiatives.
"Within the framework of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation (HLPD), food and nutrition security constitutes a priority area for scientific collaboration between Africa and Europe. As a result, this is the perfect moment for a retrospective of the major cooperative instruments having operated between the two continents and to consider the extent to which these would be suitable for addressing the theme of FNS." Dr Jean Albergel of the French National Institute for Research for Sustainable Development (IRD)