Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030

16 October 2017. Brussels. Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030. This one day conference served to disseminate successful European Research and Innovation (R&I) initiatives and contribute to the ongoing science-policy dialogue in the area of Nutrition and Security (FNS).

The conference provided a stakeholder platform for a science policy dialogues to assess the current state of European research, innovation and investment, and explore furture needs relevant to:
  • Sustainable and healthy nutrition;
  • climate-resilience and environmental sustainability;
  • circularity and resource efficienty; and
  • food system innovation and empowerment of communities.
The conference builds on the successful FOOD2030 High Level Event of October 2016 and acted as an important milestone in the preparation of the second High Level Event to be held under the Bulgarian Presidency in the first half of 2018.

Concept and Agenda - final 371 KB

Plenary Political Session: See the video streaming
Scientific Scene Setter: main research breakthroughs and trends, possibilities and innovation
Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen University & Research

R&I in support of a modernised CAP
  • Tassos Haniotis, Director for Economic Analysis, Directorate-General for Agriculture
  • Cristina Amaral, Director for FAO's Liaison Office with the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium
Closing Session - FOOD 2030: looking forward See the video streaming @17:05:42
  • Joachim von Braun, ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change 
  • Cathy Maguire, European Environment Agency
  • Ivan Dimov, Deputy Education Minister of Bulgarian Presidency
  • John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
The Malabo-Montpellier Panel’s new report—Nourished: How Africa Can Build a Future Free from Hunger and Malnutrition—takes a system­atic country study approach to identify where progress has been achieved. It analyzes which policy decisions were taken to substantially reduce malnutrition levels and to promote healthier and more diverse diets, and draws lessons for other countries to replicate such successes. 

A set of policies and practices are identified that, if scaled up, could have signifi­cant impact on nutrition, child survival, and development in Africa. The experience of the seven countries covered in the report shows what can and needs to be done to substantially improve a country’s nutritional status. The report provides a roadmap for African governments to take concerted action to deliver on the nutrition targets set out by the Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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