Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

WEBINAR: 2nd LEAP4FNSSA Project Sub-regional Dissemination event

29 June 20212nd LEAP4FNSSA Project Sub-regional Dissemination event toward African and European funders, policymakers and other actors in the field of food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA)

The meeting was organized by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy), in collaboration with the Ministry of High Education, Science and Research (MHESR, Egypt) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA, Ghana).

The event focused on:
  • sharing outcomes from LEAP4FNSSA West Africa Workshop, from the 2nd Raising Awareness Event and the Stakeholder Engagement Week to contribute framing the proposed AU-EU Platform for R&I on Food Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA).
  • expand the network of stakeholders by inviting them to join the on-building Platform.
  • explain the International Research Consortium approach.
  • raise awareness and interest from African and European stakeholders to join (or to express their interest to join) the platform.
The meeting targeted mainly to public/private funders and policy makers in R&I from Africa, and Europe. The event also involved cooperation agencies, research institutions, research funding agencies, AU-EU projects coordinators, and the civil society at large, including entrepreneurs, farmers’ associations and other potential users and stakeholders. Young European and African entrepreneurs were invited.
Panel Session
  • Henning Knipschild (BLE – Germany) works in the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food / Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (BLE), an institution directly subordinated to the German Government and empowered to conduct business on behalf of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
  • Prudence Nare Makhura (NRF – South Africa). Prudence is a Director for international partnerships and collaborations at the National Research Foundation of South Africa.
  • Eric Mwangi (DRST – Kenya) - Dr Eric Mwangi is a research scientist and policy advisor. H
  • Mary Obodai (CSIR – Ghana) - Prof Mary Obodai is the immediate past Director of the CSIR-Food Research Institute and an Associate Professor at the CSIR College of Science and Technology.
  • Alaye H. Magloire Firmin Oteyami (VART-LAB – Benin) - Magloire Firmin Oteyami is a researcher from West Africa specialised on plant breeding and seed production, agronomist, environmentalist, geneticist- breeder.
  • Claude-Arsene Savadogo (BIOPROTECT – Burkina Faso) is the Managing Director and co-founder of GIE BIOPROTECT-B and BIOPROTECT Sarl., a Burkinabe company created in 2011 and specialized in the research and development of biological solutions for agriculture. BIOPROTECT produces organic inputs (biopesticides, biofertilizers and biostimulants) based on local resources (fungi, plants, agricultural residues) to provide farmers with affordable inputs to ensure the sustainability of production systems and food quality. BIOPROTECT-B  was supported by the Africa-Europe platform for agricultural research and development (PAEPARD).
  • Hamidou Hamadou Tamboura (FONRID – Burkina Faso) is the Director general of Research and Innovation for Development Funding Agency of Burkina Faso (FONRID).
  • Rose Omari (CSIR-STEPRI – Ghana). Dr Rose Omari is a Senior Research Scientist at the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR- STEPRI), Ghana. Wrap-up and conclusion

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