Stakeholder Forum Report: Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture
More than 100 representatives drawn from African and European Member States, as well as the African Union Commission, the European Commission, the Regional Economic Communities in Africa and a number of relevant sub-regional organisations attended the event. The mix of participants was highly cross-sectoral, including public sector, civil society and business representation.
According to the report, the forum aimed to:
- Foster the engagement of key actors across the whole FNSSA value chain, including government, industry, civil society, and research organisations and to further stimulate the engagement of existing and new national, regional, philanthropic and private funders and their programmes/schemes in support of the FNSSA Roadmap;
- Present the short- to medium-term investments needed and to explore concrete long-term options for the implementation of the FNSSA Roadmap; and;
- Determine a long-term collaboration platform, including all relevant actors and existing initiatives, along the entire FNSSA innovation value chain – from knowledge generation to knowledge exploitation.
The forum’s structure comprised five plenary sessions, three of which included expert panel discussions, and one parallel session with three breakaway fora that aimed to identify the partners, resources and inclusive research agendas necessary in strengthening the R&I FNSSA partnership.
The report outlines the key decisions taken at the Forum with respect to the priority areas including the short -, medium- and long-term actions for the HLPD, and the salient points and recommendations made during the sessions.