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Improving the Framework Conditions for EU-Africa Cooperation on Food and Nutrition Security

Improving the Framework Conditions for EU-Africa Cooperation on Food and Nutrition Security

GERARD RALPHS of *Research Africa interviews JACQUES LANCON of French agricultural development research agency, CIRAD, about an action research report he worked on for CAAST-Net Plus.*

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Questions: Gerard Ralphs, *Research Africa

Responses: Jacques Lancon, CIRAD

1. Who are the key audiences for this report?

There are at least three main audience segments: 

  • The Bureau of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation;  
  • African Union and European Union experts on STI cooperation; and, 
  • African and EU research and/or STI ministries.

2. Why should these audiences engage with this report?

From a data and methodology perspective, this report collects information gathered from key informant interviews. It also provides a conceptual framework and useful information to foster improved north-south STI cooperation. 

The report might also serve modestly in the elaboration of policy or to identify collaborative designs that can improve the level of collaboration, and in this sense it is useful. 

What future actions (if any) do the conclusions point toward?

This report should be disseminated and its recommendations tested and validated by a larger sample of research policymakers and scientists in Europe and Africa. As proposed, special tools should be developed to promote and monitor Africa-EU collaboration in STI. 

Action research it is research that is produced through practice-based engagement/working with and or in the field of study. Does this coincide with your understanding?

I think it is a good definition. Although, for me, finalised action research would go beyond this, that is, to the adoption of practical recommendations. 

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Disclaimer: CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n0 311806. This document reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

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