C1.3. Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development


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  • awareness opportunities/ common interests, information/ capacity-strengthening needs. (website, blog, information, etc.), overviews of ARD funding opportunities. (11 by “ demand side ” ), 10 proposals submitted (African Union, ASARECA, CORAF, Edulink); 1 funded (to date). mobilized and financed to support research partnerships
  • in mobilizing and coordinating European SH to form partnerships in ARD and lobby for increased resources. awareness of mutual roles; individual/organizational capacity of different stakeholders to function in ARD partnerships important to develop capacity/confidence, promote balanced/effective ARD partnerships.
  • managed by CSOs can be as effective as initiatives led by formal research organizations. of many formal North and South research organizations, typically focus on individual/published output; but are currently absent in most innovation systems. The capacity, finance and institutional setting for this role need to be developed. Managing time/budget for communication, developing mutual understanding, joint planning considerable with many SH.
  • C1.3. Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development

    1. 1. Platform for African-EuropeanPartnership on AgriculturalResearch for Development Paolo Sarfatti EFARD / AGRINATURA
    2. 2. Outline of the presentation Introduction Problems addressed Activities, outputs and outcomes Lessons learned Commitment to collective actions 2012-201430/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 2
    3. 3. Introduction PAEPARD Phase II (2009-2013) Total budget 6.85 Mio Euro (80% funded by the European Union) Collaboration between FARA and EFARD FARA  lead AGRINATURA (CIRAD/IAO/NRI)  colead Other partners  PAFFO (EAFF/ROPPA/PROPAC/SACAU); RUFORUM; FANRPAN; COLEACP; CSA; ICRA30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 3
    4. 4. Problems addressed Insufficient capacities Insufficient research-extension- development linkages Insufficient cross-sectoral linkages Agricultural research insufficiently driven by demand and opportunities Insufficient collaboration between Africa and Europe in ARD30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 4
    5. 5. Theory of change30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 5
    6. 6. Current activities Stakeholders networks mobilisation (Africa & Europe) Information & Communication Capacity strengthening Partnerships development Advocacy30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 6
    7. 7. Outputs Regional SH consultations Information/communication 19 Africa-EU research-user consortia established 5 “sub-regional” partnerships around “federating themes” led by African Farmers Organisations and private sector. 24 “Agricultural Innovation Facilitators” New funding modalities advocated30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 7
    8. 8. Outcomes generated Strengthened EFARD, mobilized EU & African stakeholders Working relationship between Af/Eu networks and key constituent organizations established “Balanced” MS partnerships Role of partnership “brokers/facilitators” developed More effective funding mechanisms to support integrated ARD (expected through advocacy)30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 8
    9. 9. Lessons learned 1 EFARD - effective regional forum Understanding innovation processes Role of CSOs (NGOs, FOs) and linkages with other SH groups Traditional financing instruments favour initiatives led by formal research organizations. Community-managed Local Innovation Support Funds interesting alternative. Power goes with control of resources30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 9
    10. 10. Lessons Learned 2 ARD partnerships need to allow space/support for farmer-led experimentation/ innovation Incentives structures of research organisations Flexible “funding strategies” “Brokers” and “facilitators” vital in effective ARD partnerships Need to be realistic about “transaction/investments” costs Trust takes time P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD30/10/2012 10
    11. 11. Committments to collective actions 2012-2014 Mobilize stakeholders in the demand-led process Document and share information Improve/Strengthen PAEPARD e-platform Involve partners in capacity strengthening Mentoring established consortia Advocate for innovation approach30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 11
    12. 12. With additional supportFinance partnerships/consortiafacilitated by PAEPARD through otherfunding sources30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 12
    13. 13. With large scale investments Mid-term review in 2012 recommened third phase Formulation phase launched by the EC (on-going) Explore feasibility of platforms with other regions.30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 13
    14. 14. Thank you for your attention www.paepard.org www.paepard.blogspot.com www.efard.org www.agrinatura.eu30/10/2012 P. Sarfatti - PAEPARD 14