IntensAfrica: an Africa-EU collaboration
Adewale Adekunle, FARA
Huub Löffler, Wageningen UR
March 17, 2014
IntensAfrica: History
 In 2012, the EC asked CIRAD and Wageningen UR to
explore together with FARA the possibilities to
d...
IntensAfrica
 Objective:
…Improve the livelihood of family farmers by sustainable
intensification of agriculture…
Food security and livelihood of farmers
 Efficient agri-food systems
 High land productivity, serving also the urban pop...
Sustainable Intensification
 Many studies advocate sustainable
intensification
 Montpellier Panel paradigm: Higher
outpu...
Sustainable Intensification
 Many studies advocate sustainable
intensification
 Montpellier Panel paradigm: Higher
outpu...
Characteristics IntensAfrica
 Fits the objectives of CAADP
 Fits the S3A agenda
 Builds on what is ongoing
 Adds to wh...
Potential activities for IntensAfrica
 Aligning existing research projects
 Launching new research projects
 Strenghten...
More information
 Keep informed (mailing list)
 Active participation in developing a plan for IntensAfrica
Contact
FARA:...
Current situation
Country 1
Funders Projects
Country 2
Country 3
Country 4
Country 5
Article 185
Country 1
Funders Projects
Country 2
Country 3
Country 4
Country 5
EU
Intermediate
Article 185: characteristics
 Activity of funders
 Research organizations are
beneficaries
 Financed by the DG Research...
Article 185: IntensAfrica
Funders ProjectsIntermediate
Country 1 EU
Country 2 EU
EU
Country 3 EU
Country 1 Afr
Country 2 A...
Article 185: IntensAfrica
Funders ProjectsIntermediate
WHY HOW WHAT
Country 1 EU
Country 2 EU
EU
Country 3 EU
Country 1 Af...
• Develop a plan for
the implementation
phase, addressing
the WHY, WHAT and
HOW
• Raise and
demonstrate
commitment for the...
A project for the planning phase
 The EC invited Africa and EU to jointly submit a 1 Meuro
project proposal for the plann...
A project for the planning phase
WHY HOW WHAT
Expected
Impact
WP7
Creating
synergy
WP3
Research
Agenda
WP2
Working
modalit...
A winning consortium
WP EU Africa
1 WUR (NL) Huub Loffler FARA Adewale Adekunle
2 CIRAD (FR) Florent Maraux CORAF Abdoulai...
The Big Fish…
 Driven by funders,
policy and politics
 Multi stakeholder
involvment
 Open for all countries
to particip...
IntensAfrica
...let’s make it happen...
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  1. 1. IntensAfrica: an Africa-EU collaboration Adewale Adekunle, FARA Huub Löffler, Wageningen UR March 17, 2014
  2. 2. IntensAfrica: History  In 2012, the EC asked CIRAD and Wageningen UR to explore together with FARA the possibilities to develop a large-scale scientific collaboration between EU and Africa in the field of Sustainable Intensification with the objectives to ● Increase the synergy of ongoing research ● Stimulate new research ● Increase the volume of the research  The EC suggested ‘article 185’ as a model
  3. 3. IntensAfrica  Objective: …Improve the livelihood of family farmers by sustainable intensification of agriculture…
  4. 4. Food security and livelihood of farmers  Efficient agri-food systems  High land productivity, serving also the urban population  Sustainable production systems  Higher labour productivity, income diversification on- farm and off-farm  Economic development by agri-food value chains  Rural development and employment
  5. 5. Sustainable Intensification  Many studies advocate sustainable intensification  Montpellier Panel paradigm: Higher output of agriculture in terms of production, income and nutrition
  6. 6. Sustainable Intensification  Many studies advocate sustainable intensification  Montpellier Panel paradigm: Higher output of agriculture in terms of production, income and nutrition  IntensAfrica ● A variety of pathways ● Interdisciplinarity ● System approaches ● Production and value chains ● Science with impact
  7. 7. Characteristics IntensAfrica  Fits the objectives of CAADP  Fits the S3A agenda  Builds on what is ongoing  Adds to what is ongoing  System approach  Multi stakeholder involvement
  8. 8. Potential activities for IntensAfrica  Aligning existing research projects  Launching new research projects  Strenghtening scientific capacities of agriculture scientists and institutions  Enabling vibrant scientific communities and partnerships between Europe and Africa  Nurturing co-innovation  Feeding policy-science interfaces
  9. 9. More information  Keep informed (mailing list)  Active participation in developing a plan for IntensAfrica Contact FARA: Adewale Adekunle (aadekunle@fara-africa.org) Wageningen UR: Huub Löffler (huub.loffler@wur.nl) CIRAD: Philippe Petihuguenin (philippe.petithuguenin@cirad.fr)
  10. 10. Current situation Country 1 Funders Projects Country 2 Country 3 Country 4 Country 5
  11. 11. Article 185 Country 1 Funders Projects Country 2 Country 3 Country 4 Country 5 EU Intermediate
  12. 12. Article 185: characteristics  Activity of funders  Research organizations are beneficaries  Financed by the DG Research and Innovation ● Must serve the European Research area and different EU policies ● Not in competition with other funding
  13. 13. Article 185: IntensAfrica Funders ProjectsIntermediate Country 1 EU Country 2 EU EU Country 3 EU Country 1 Afr Country 2 Afr Country 3 Afr AUC ?? Country 4 Afr
  14. 14. Article 185: IntensAfrica Funders ProjectsIntermediate WHY HOW WHAT Country 1 EU Country 2 EU EU Country 3 EU Country 1 Afr Country 2 Afr Country 3 Afr AUC ?? Country 4 Afr
  15. 15. • Develop a plan for the implementation phase, addressing the WHY, WHAT and HOW • Raise and demonstrate commitment for the plan • Workshop in Wageningen • Workshop in Montpellier • Concept Note • Consultation at policy level • Side event Science week Accra • Side event High- level Dialogue • SA3 consultation in Accra • Discussion in Nigeria • Workshop in Paris • Discussion with EC Article 185: IntensAfrica Exploratory phase Planning phase Implementation phase NOW 1 Meuro >100 Meuro
  16. 16. A project for the planning phase  The EC invited Africa and EU to jointly submit a 1 Meuro project proposal for the planning phase.  Objective of this project is to develop a plan for the big fish describing: ● The added value Africa and Europe and its relation to ongoing research (Why) ● The scientific agenda (What) ● The structure (How)  Submit half June to the EC
  17. 17. A project for the planning phase WHY HOW WHAT Expected Impact WP7 Creating synergy WP3 Research Agenda WP2 Working modalities WP4 Governance WP5 Coordination WP1 Communication WP6
  18. 18. A winning consortium WP EU Africa 1 WUR (NL) Huub Loffler FARA Adewale Adekunle 2 CIRAD (FR) Florent Maraux CORAF Abdoulai Jalloh 3 UCL (B) Philippe Baret CCARDESA Simon Mwale 4 SLU (S) Carolyn Glynn 5 IICT (P) Ana Melo 6 MTT (F) Rou Tubb AFAAS Dan Kisauzi 7 UoC (D) Andreas de Neergaard ASARECA Enoch Warinda  Seven work packages  Joint leadership
  19. 19. The Big Fish…  Driven by funders, policy and politics  Multi stakeholder involvment  Open for all countries to participate  Open for all research organizations to contribute
  20. 20. IntensAfrica ...let’s make it happen...

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