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EU-Africa Joint Food Security Project Set to Take Flight
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EU-Africa Joint Food Security Project Set to Take Flight

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A Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to establish a long-term collaboration between a host of partners in Europe and Africa, is expected to get underway on 1 March. The PROIntensAfrica project which will involve 15 partners from Europe and 8 based in Africa received H2020 funding for two years from the European Union towards the end of 2014. The project will primarily focus on improving the climate sustainability and food security of African agriculture. "PROIntensAfrica is not a research project but a Coordination and Support Action project, meant to explore the options for a large future partnership program between Africa and Europe,” the University of Wageningen, a partner in the project, said in a statement. Management of day to day activities will be split between Wageningen, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, and the French Agricultural Research Centre. [Image: Flickr, Africa Renewal]

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New Report Looks to Future EU-ACP Cooperation
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New Report Looks to Future EU-ACP Cooperation

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A report released by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) aims to make an important contribution to the discussion about what will happen after the current cooperation accord between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Commission (EC) comes to an end in 2020. The report entitled ‘The Future of ACP-EU relations post 2020: An Overview of relevant analysis by ECDPM, states that a post-Cotonou agreement (the original cooperation agreement between the ACP and the EC) is “now beginning in earnest”. The report contains perspectives on future relations, areas of the Cotonou agreement which warrants further exploration and a review of current structures involved in the cooperation. [Image credit: ECDPM]

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Nominations Open for 2015 North-South Prize
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Nominations Open for 2015 North-South Prize

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The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has opened the nomination process for its 2015 North-South Prize. The awards are presented annually to a person apiece in the global North and South. Currently, 17 nations are member states of the North-South Centre, including Cape Verde and Morocco from Africa. The prize is meant as an honorific only, carrying no financial rewards. According to the organisers the prize is awarded to individuals who promote human rights, democracy, intercultural dialogue and strengthening of North-South partnerships. Member states, partners and stakeholders of the North-South Centre, the Council of Europe and international organisations can make nominations. The deadline for nominations is 10 July. [Image credit: Flickr/Radiowood]

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Project Report on FP7-funded Health and Environment Project
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Project Report on FP7-funded Health and Environment Project

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The European Commission has released a summary report on the results of FP7-funded health project, HEATLHY FUTURES, on its Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) portal. According to the CORDIS report the project sought to improve understanding and awareness of the links between environmental factors and three target vector-borne diseases, malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomomiasis. Among the successes the EC lists are increased capacity among partners, stakeholder engagement, a number of academic outputs and specific scientific advances in the health. The project ran from 2011 to 2014 and was a collaboration between eight African, seven European partners and one Southeast Asian partner. [Image credit: Flickr, US Army Africa]

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Research and Innovation Management Conference in Nigeria
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Research and Innovation Management Conference in Nigeria

The West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA) will host its annual conference in Ondo State, Nigeria, at the Elizade University Campus. The conference will focus on “enhancing university-government-industry research and innovation partnerships for local relevance and global competitiveness,” the WARIMA website says. Policy-makers, academics and researchers are invited to attend. [Image credit: WARIMA]

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Horizon 2020 Info Session – South Africa
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Horizon 2020 Info Session – South Africa

Stellenbosch University in South Africa will host a Horizon 2020 information session later this month. On the agenda? Funding opportunities for research and innovation partnerships between South African and European agencies. Themes to be covered at the session include food security, agriculture, marine science and the bio-economy. South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology and the EU-funded ESASTAP Plus project are the organisers. For more information email contact[at]esastap.org.za. [Image credit: Horizon 2020 logo]

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