Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, April 8, 2024

Recordings in thematic order

AgriFoodTech Investment


27 February 2024. Nairobi, Kenya. Leveraging effective and inclusive collaboration with financial institutions to accelerate the transition to more circular economies Recorded

28 - 29 February 2024. 11th Sankalp Africa Summit  Recorded
  • The Sankalp Africa Summit at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi catalyzed collaborations across the entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to solve global challenges sustainably.
5 March 2024. Climate Change and the African Financial Sector Recorded
  • Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) and Climate Finance and Investment Accelerator Limited (CFIA), in partnership with the African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC)
13 March 2024, Accra – The 3rd African Agribusiness Leaders Dialogue (AALD3) Recording not (yet?) available
  • This dialogue was held online and in person in Accra
  • It highlighted the barrier-breaking role of young African 'agripreneurs' in the agrifood sector.
  • Partners such as GIZ, FSD-Kenya, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, AGRA, National Research Fund, International Food Policy Research Institute, Tegemeo Institute, Association of Fintechs in Kenya, AGRA, Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya, Fertilizer Association of Kenya, Apollo Agriculture, Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives, SNBX Capital, contributed to this conference and transformation of the Agricultural sector in Kenya.
  • See the program
28 March 2024. Session two of the ‘Backing the Middle’ series Video
  • This session hosted a discussion with donors to discuss where concessional capital is best utilized in the agri-SME finance market.
  • Session 1 Highlights
29 March 2024. Brussels Africa Political Outlook 2024
  • Panel #1 Autopsy of the Global Gateway: dynamics in relations between the EU and Africa
  • Panel #2 Resurgence of coups in Africa: rethinking, reinventing and rebuilding democracies
  • Panel #3 Investing in Africa: the AfCFTA, the diaspora and impact investment 
  • Panel #4 Building on our commons: the potential of entrepreneurial innovation, civil society and territorial dialogue
  • Panel #5 Impact of the 2024 European elections on EU-Africa relations

Food systems

7 March 2024 Global Food 50/50 Launch Event Recorded

8 March 2024 Official Launch of the 4th BR Report and Post Malabo Agenda Roadmap Recording not (yet?) available

  • The Theme of the event was “Reflecting on the Malabo Declaration and Outlining the new (Post Malabo) Agenda to Build Momentum, Re-invigorate and Consolidate the Gains on CAADP, and respond to Emerging Trends and Dynamics”.
  • AU (2024) 4th CAADP Biennial Review Report 2012-2023 #170 p
11–13 March 2024. Leuven, Belgium. Open Food Conference Recording not (yet?) available
  • The aim of this conference was to create synergies between science, policy and practice in more than 20 thematic sessions.
  • To inaugurate the 2024 webinar series, this webinar gained a deeper understanding of how the community operates and how various stakeholders such as companies, governments, sector groups, and NGOs are addressing the challenge of achieving a Living Income.
  • The RMRN Project is funded by the European Union (EU) as part of its Regional Multi-year Indicative Programme (MIP) for Africa (2021-2027)
  • The MIP will support strengthening the consortia of Africa based institutions to lead interventions in Africa in several domains including multi-stakeholder partnerships to bring agroecological innovations to scale, using co-learning, co-creation, and multi-stakeholder approach.
  • Related: 9-10 March 2024. Tunisia. The ANzAR Forum 2023: Agroecology in North Africa Video
  • 20/03 17h:50 – 18:20 The AU-EU Innovation Agenda A Forward-looking Cooperation for the Africa-Europe Partnership
  • 20/03 17h:50 – 18:20 Evolution of Association of Third Countries to EU Research & Innovation Framework Programmes
  • 21/03 11:40 – 12:10 Innovation Ecosystems for Bioeconomy and Food Systems 
19–20 March 2024. Montpellier. The Montpellier Process: Pooling Collective Intelligence Recording not (yet?) available
  • The event gathered 300 selected individuals from scientific and policy domains, focusing on intentional, diverse representation.
  • The Blue Bioeconomy ERA-Net Cofund will organise a Final meeting in Brussels to mark the end of the ERA-Net. The event will gather science-policy professionals and research and innovation funders to discuss R&I project portfolio management, using a Value Chain Approach and creating synergies among projects. 
  • BlueBio funding partners, policy officers from The European Commission, representatives from relevant HE Partnerships and other institutions will be invited to join the one-day event in Brussels.
19 - 24 March 2024. VIII Global Conference Family Farming: Sustainability of Our Planet

  • Co-organized by IFPRI, CGIAR, and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, the launch event was the premier drum beat and kick start event towards the Africa Food Systems Forum 2024, that will be held from September 2-6, 2024, in Kigali Rwanda.


12 - 13 March 2024. The World Banana Forum (WBF)  Recorded
  • 12/03 Session 1: Setting the Scene and Looking Ahead Towards the Future of the Banana Industry
  • 12/03 Session 3: Towards a more Sustainable Banana Industry. Achieving a Fairer Distribution of Value
  • VACS was launched in February 2023, in partnership with the African Union, FAO, and U.S. Department of State, with the goal of advancing more climate-resilient and nutritious food systems in Africa. A team of researchers from AgMIP, based at the Climate School, participate in VACS, conducting research to better understand how African opportunity crops can be used to address the challenges that African food systems face under climate change.
  • Why and how did nutritionists, plant breeders, climate modelers, soil scientists, economists – 60 global experts – decide on these crops.
  • Upcoming: 23 April 2024. VACS Community of Practice Webinar: Optimizing the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils - Hosted by FARA
  • This virtual event brought together legume value chain stakeholders from across the region with a special emphasis on Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia
  • The focal crops are common bean and cowpea.
21 March 2024. The biology of soybean rust and the available management options through Recorded
  • This webinar highlighted the biology of soybean rust and the available management options through a panel interview of soybean rust experts.
29 March 2024. International Year of Millets Closing Event Recording not (yet?) available

  • hosted in partnership with Bayer Crop Science.
  • In this webinar, the panel drew on case studies to identify practical and impactful farmer-centric solutions for building the relationship between healthy soils, regenerative agriculture, and climate-resilient food systems at scale.
11–15 March 2024, Livingstone, Zambia. Accelerating Nature-based Solutions summary videos
  • The Global EverGreening Alliance, the Government of Zambia, AFR100, African Natural Capital Alliance (ANCA), FSD Africa, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, hosted the world's largest land restoration programming conference, which brought together NGOs, governments, the private sector, technical and scientific experts, and community representatives.
  • Related: 11 March, 2024, in Lusaka, Zambia. Official launch event of the Agdive 2024 program. Agdrive is an acceleration and investment platform focused on unlocking innovation and investment in Africa’s agro-processing, agritech, and digital agriculture sector.  AgDrive is a 12 month innovation and investing ecosystem focused on innovative early stage and growth oriented early stage and growth oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agro processing, agritech, and digital sectors. 
  • FAO, Biovision, the Food Policy forum for Change and the Agroecology Coalition
  • learnings from Eastern and Southern Africa summarised in the outcome brief “National Agroecology Strategies in Eastern and Southern Africa: Lighthouses for food system transformation” which was launched during the event 
27 March 2024.  Webinar – Scaling DeSIRA – Strategies and policy Recording not (yet?) available
These webinars were the second of the series on how the innovations processes promoted by DeSIRA projects and their organizations, can or should be brough to scale. It targets projects that are coming to an end as well as those that need to start building their exit strategy as part of their theory of change.

27 March 2024. Overcoming barriers to building the circular bioeconomy Recording not (yet?) available
  • FAO, RUAF and the CGIAR Initiative on Resilient Cities 

Climate adaptation

4-5 March 2024. North Africa DIGITAL CLIMATE ADVIASORY SERVICES (DCAS) hybrid training event to support climate resilience for smallholder agriculture Recorded


Digital agriculture

European Union/Commission

20 - 21 March 2024. European Research and Innovation Days 2024 Recorded
  • The European Commission’s annual flagship research and innovation event brought together policymakers, researchers, stakeholders, and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond through key policy debates, funding and networking opportunities, and dedicated workshops.
  • Highlight: Closing remarks Janez Potočnik, Chair ForumforAg 2024 and Chairman RISE Foundation.

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