Closer Africa-Europe collaboration needed to deliver food and nutrition security roadmap--Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
November 26, 2020, ACCRA, Ghana – Africa’s apex organization for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research and innovation has called on African and European countries to prioritize investment in science, technology and innovation for agriculture on the continent. The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) updated partners on a joint initiative between the European Union and the African Union to promote sustainable agriculture during its General Assembly this week.
FARA also called on the agricultural research for development sector on the continent to unite and implement a roadmap for food and nutrition security. The Long-term EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP4FNSSA), which is running from 2018 to 2022, supports intercontinental collaboration over agricultural research and innovation. This partnership will establish, by 2022, an International Research Consortium (IRC) to facilitate cooperation in agricultural research and innovation of mutual benefit to Africa and Europe. “The general objective of LEAP4FNSSA is to establish a sustainable platform for the efficient and coherent implementation of the AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership,” said Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA. “Agriculture is biology, and our agriculture is as good as our science.". Download Press Release Here