Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, May 11, 2015

Towards a Research Agenda for Global Food and Nutrition Security

8 May 2015, Expo 2015, Milan. This high level conference was the official launch of a series of discussions that the EU Scientific Steering Committee for Expo will follow during the course of the six months of the Expo.

Including: Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union ; Monty Jones, President European Marketing Research Centre (EMRC) ; Lucy Muckoki, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Agribusiness and AgroIndustry Consortium (PANAAC).

Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee Discussion paper
© European Union, 2015, 35 pages

Research within Europe, and alignment of Europe’s research (and funding) with other countries has a significant role to play to address foodand nutrition security in Europe and globally. A Steering Committee was established to provide expert advice on Expo’s theme. The Steering Committee’s role was to

  • give guidance on the draft programme of conferences, work-shops and online consultation for Expo 2015, and
  • provide this paper highlighting priorities for research, development and innovation on the theme of global food and nutrition security.

This paper should stimulate discussion with stakeholders and the general public and ultimately contribute to the EU’s legacy from the Expo. It is a “think piece” suggesting a strategy to address the challenges spanning the production of, access to, and consumption of food. The paper does not make recommendations for policy, rather it aims to prompt discussion of where research and innovation can contribute most to solving the issues, including providing underpinning evidence for policy development.

Online Consultation on the Role of Research in Global Food and Nutrition Security.
Period of Consultation: 13 April 2015 – 1 September 2015. The European Commission launched an online consultation on the role of research in global food and nutrition security. The aim of the consultation is to gather the views of stakeholders, citizens and the scientific community on the role that research has to play in tackling the challenges associated with ensuring food and nutrition security. EC wants an open and forward-looking debate with stakeholders to encourage dynamic and evidence-based policy making to tackle the many pressing challenges associated with food and nutrition security.

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