Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, March 13, 2017

PROIntensAfrica final seminar

13 - 15 March 2017. Effective and Efficient Research and Innovation Partnerships Seminar for
research and policy. The final seminar also includes internal project meetings.

On Tuesday 14 March the initiative organises a seminar for policy and research to discuss how to mobilize expertise and resources for efficient and effective research and innovation partnerships to realize food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in Africa and Europe.

The seminar, titled “PROIntensAfrica seminar for research and policy on Effective and Efficient Research and Innovation Partnerships” addressed, among others, the various aspects of the future partnership, alignment with ongoing developments, aligning new partners and the transition to formalised partnership. More information can be found in the Seminar Concept note.

Extract of the programme
Panel discussion with research, extension representatives, farmers organisations on pathways concept and research and innovation agenda (see picture)
Irene Annor Frempong (FARA), Silim Nahdy (afaas), Victor Agyeman (CSIR) and Bernard Mallet (AgenceRecherche)

See here the “Effective and Efficient Research and Innovation Partnerships Seminar” draft programme.


Presentation of the TAAT programme:
The TAAT program is a critical strategy for transforming agriculture on the continent that would ensure that Africa is able to feed itself through agriculture. The goal of the TAAT Program includes eliminating extreme poverty, ending hunger and malnutrition, achieving food sufficiency, and turning Africa into a net food exporter as well as setting Africa in step with global commodity and agricultural value chains.

To carry out these objectives, the African Development Bank (AfDB), working with IITA and other partners, has identified eight priority agricultural value chains relating to rice sufficiency, cassava intensification, Sahelian food security, savannas as breadbaskets, restoring tree plantations, expanding horticulture, increasing wheat production, and expanded fish farming.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR Consortium and 12 of its 15 international agricultural centers active in Africa support this initiative by the Bank and the co-sponsors to revitalize and transform agriculture through the TAAT program within the shortest possible time while restoring degraded land and maintaining or strengthening the ecosystems that underpin agriculture.

PROIntensAfrica Case Studies brochure show the diverse situations call for different pathways
  • The PROIntensAfrica project identified four different pathways leading to sustainable intensification. 
  • These pathways demonstrate the richness and variety of options that are open to farmers. Please download the Case Studies brochure here.
  • These four pathways were pre-identified in the initial project proposal (2014). The work carried out in 2015 and 2016 by PROIntensAfrica, in particular in the case studies, has led to a revised and improved typology of the different pathways. An outline of these studies is gathered in this document.
  • The full reports are available in the document archive and the synthesis is provided in the strategy proposal for the future partnership programme, to be published at the end of the project.

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