CAAST-Net Plus Report : Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Food Security

CAAST-Net Plus announced the release of a new research report analysing bi-regional research and innovation cooperation in the area of food and nutrition security: Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Food Security: A Critical Analysis of the Scope, Coordination and Uptake of Findings

Food security is a complex, multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral issue, with links to health, sustainable economic development, environment, and trade. Food and nutrition are interlinked and are fundamental to human welfare and economic prosperity. Since the 2007-08 food and economic crisis, achieving food and nutrition security has become a global priority, and is a topic high on the policy, research and development agendas of national governments, regional organisations and the international community.

This report showcases the key findings from an analysis of research cooperation between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa (EU-SSA). The analysis was conducted within the framework of the CAAST-Net Plus project (Advancing Sub-Saharan Africa-European Union Cooperation in Research and Innovation for Global Challenges).

The objective of the CAAST-Net Plus project is to encourage more and better bi-regional science, technology and innovation (STI) cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health. The research has attempted to highlight, first, the extent to which EU-SSA research cooperation supported by the EU’s Framework Programmes, bilateral programmes of the EU’s member states (MS) and private research funds has impacted on Africa-EU joint FNS priorities; and, second, the extent to which research outputs have been used in policy-making, programme planning and implementation, building capacity and contributing to knowledge generation, and supporting innovation in products, processes and markets for increasing impact on FNS outcomes. The overall objective was to develop a knowledge base for the elaboration of a platform to address joint EuropeAfrica FNS priorities.

The Report is to be launched in Accra, Ghana, at the High-Level Dialogue of African Ministers and Legislators on Mobilising STI for Africa’s Sustainable Development Post-2015 (7-8 July 2015).

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