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Report launch: Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Food Security

July 16, 2015

Food and nutrition security (FNS) is a complex, multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral issue with links to health, sustainable economic development, environment, and trade. Between 2010-2012, the number of hungry people in Africa grew from 175 million to 239 million. The food and economic crisis of 2007 and 2008 made FNS not only a priority for Africa, but a global priority requiring effective global science, technology and innovation cooperation.

inline caast creditThe new ‘Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Food Security’ report, launched on 7 July 2015 at the High-Level Dialogue of African Ministers and Legislators on Mobilising Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Sustainable Development Post 2015 in Accra, Ghana, showcases the key findings from an analysis of research cooperation between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

“Research is necessary to understand where future investments and partnerships should focus their efforts for addressing this global challenge, and to determine the mechanisms for increasing the impact of future science and technology collaboration,” said the report’s lead author, Judith Francis, CTA senior programme coordinator for science and technology policy.

The analysis was conducted within the framework of the CAAST-Net Plus project, a network of 26 partner organisations from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, including CTA. In fact, the Centre and CAAST-Net Plus share, among other aspects, the objective of informing the bi-regional policy dialogue on food and nutrition security.

"Bi-regional science, technology and innovation cooperation in food and nutrition security has contributed to capacity development and joint learning,” she recognised. “Yet this is insufficient if the outputs of the collaboration have not contributed to improving the lives and livelihoods of farmers and other actors involved in the agricultural sector”.

"For the future, Africa and the EU should develop joint research priorities and set up the mechanisms to better track the outputs, outcomes and impact", Judith Francis added.