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  • 1. Intensifying EU-African agricultural research 15 July 2013 Prof. Dr. Martin Kropff Rector Magnificus Wageningen UR
  • 2. Nutrition security Nutrition security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to food, which is safe and consumed in sufficient quantity and quality to meet their dietary needs, allowing for a healthy and active life. Availability Access Consumption
  • 3. The world in 2050  More food needed ● A higher production (two times more) ● A sustainable production (two times less) ● A more efficient use of food (two times better)  Access for all  A balanced utilization
  • 4. Potential of African Agriculture  Feed a growing African population  Improve livelihood of farmers  Stimulate African Economic development  Feed the world
  • 5. Driving force: Research and Innovation  CAADP pillar 4  Dublin Proces  FARA Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa  G20: MACS meeting  B20  FAO HLPE on Food Security and Nutrition  Montpellier Panel Integrated, impact oriented and collaborative research
  • 6. Agriculture in Europe  Reform Common Agricultural Policy  Horizon 2020 “The CAP is EU's strong response to the challenges of food safety, climate change, growth and jobs in rural areas. The CAP will play a key part in achieving the overall objective of promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, June 26, 2013 Societal challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio- economy.
  • 7. IntensAfrica  A collaborative Research program between EU and Africa  Objective: Improve the food security and livelihood of farmers by sustainable intensification of agri-food systems
  • 8. Food security and livelihood of farmers  Efficient agri-food systems  Sustainable increase of land productivity, serving also the urban population  Higher labour productivity, allowing off-farm activities  Economic development by agri-food value chains  Rural development and employment
  • 9. Sustainable Intensification  Many studies advocate sustainable intensification  Montpellier Panel paradigm: Higher output of agriculture in terms of production, income and nutrition  SAAA: Diversity of pathways • Various pathways • Interdisciplinarity and system approaches • Production and value chains • Science with Impact IntensAfrica
  • 10. IntensAfrica: added value  Many countries have bi- and multi-lateral ARD programs with Africa  EU stimulates collaboration within FP7 (for example FoodSecure, ERA-ARD, ERAfrica)  Ongoing activities can be aligned and strengthened  African and EU interests will be balanced
  • 11. IntensAfrica ...lets make it happen...