Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, February 16, 2024

Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy Practice for Sustainable Food Systems

15 February 2024. Alisa Hotel, Tema-Ghana. 

The African Union & the European Commission launched the "Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy Practice for Sustainable Food Systems under the AU-EU Partnership" StEPPFoS, (HORIZON-CL6-2023-FARM2FORK-01) project which is designed to promote policy coherence and alignment across #PANAP and #FNSSA to contribute towards minimizing fragmentation of policy initiatives in the agri-food sector at national and regional levels.

This follows the launch on 14/02 of the CEA-FIRST, the Consortium Europe Africa on Research and Innovation for Food Systems Transformation to operationalize the International Research Consortium IRC

Food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA) are among the critical development concerns in Africa. FNSSA is among the policy priorities in many African countries and at the center of the AU/EU international development agenda. FNSSA was the priority R&I area in the AU-EU High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology, and Innovation. This was further substantiated by the establishment of the Pan-African Network for Economic Analysis of Policies (PANAP). 

StEPPFoS thus, aims contribute to the FNSSA 10-year roadmap and the global transition towards sustainable food systems through the implementation of activities that link PANAP to the FNSSA partnership. Specific objectives are:
  1. to improve capacities of stakeholders 
  2. to enhance science-policy interface 
  3. to improve strategies that promote scientific support within policy development 
  4. to expand and strengthen the PANAP Network. 
StEPPFoS will be implemented through its 8 work-packages (WPs) over a period of 48 months. Capacity building, stakeholder engagements, participatory monitoring, evaluation, and learning are the main methods to be used to deliver StEPPFoS objectives whiles adhering to open science principles and effective data management practices. 

The consortium is well positioned to deliver these objectives as it draws on the expertise and experiences of its partners drawn from both Europe and Africa credible academic, research, and policy institutions.

  1. Forum For Agricultural Research In Africa, Ghana – FARA Coordinator
  2. The Registered Trustees Of The Association For Strengthening Agricultural Research In Eastern And Central Africa – ASARECA  
  3. Conf. Respons. Recher. Agronom.Afriq. De L'ouest & Du Centre - CORAF/WECARD  
  4. Council For Scientific And Industrial Research - CSIR-GH   
  5. European Centre for Development Policy Management – ECDPM  
  6. Food Agriculture And Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network – FANRPAN  
  7. Regional Universities Forum For Capacity Building In Agriculture – RUFORUM  
  8. Universitaet Hohenheim
  9. European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development Agrinatura
  10. Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis KIPPRA, Kenya
  11. Stichting Wageningen Research – WR  
  12. African Forum For Agricultural Advisory Services AFAAS
  13. Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia – UNIVE  
  14. Universite Felix Houphouet Boigny, Benin
  15. E-Science European Infrastructure For Biodiversity And Ecosystem Research - LifeWatch 
  16. Eastern Africa Farmers' Federation Society – EAFF
  17. The Association of Commonwealth Universities - UK 
  18. The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission - EC-JRC

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