Presentations: Workshop with Entrepreneurs and Portal Managers in EU-Africa Food Security Research Partnership
The event aimed to deliberate on the potential contribution of business representatives and portal managers and developers on the actions necessary in developing the KMCS portal. According to the concept note, the initiative emerged from the discussions of the High Level Policy Dialogue meeting in Ethiopia, in April 2016, where stakeholder identified the "need for an Africa‐EU platform for structured access to all knowledge, outputs and lessons learned from various initiatives and research projects, as well as the need for a communication strategy, not only for the implementation of the roadmap on FNSSA but also for the transfer of knowledge into solutions, including the national decision‐makers and potential investors in Research and Innovation (R&I) and entrepreneurs."
- Knowledge Management & Communication System Initiative for the Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) - Refilwe Mashigo, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
- Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) - Stefan A. Haffner, Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre, Germany
- Bashaier: Egypt's M-Agricultural Channel - Dorra Fiani, Knowledge Economy Foundation, Egypt
- Lessons on Science, Technology and Innovation Portal Management, Data Sharing and Intellectual Property Matters - Petrus Letaba, National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), South Africa
"Locally adapted inclusive communication systems should be built in a subsidiary manner for sharing knowledge and research questions according to real needs. Together with the management of digital knowledge portals in STI, an Africa-EU KMCS Initiative will be key for establishing functional innovation systems," says Stefan A. Haffner of PT-DLR.
The workshop was organised by CAAST-Net Plus partner, the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) and held in conjunction with the Food Africa Expo and the stakeholder forum of the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (4PRIMA).
CAAST-Net Plus is planning to host further consultations with key stakeholders to gather further inputs on the KMCS Blueprint, further ensuring that the KMCS addresses the needs of multiple actors and brings together the necessary stakeholders to address specific FNSSA challenges in Europe and Africa. For more informaiton on the KMCS Initiative, send an email to Mr Stefan A. Haffner at stefan.haffner[at]dlr.de.
Download the KMCS concept note
Read about the KMCS workshop with science academies.