Harvesting the Benefits of African-European Research Partnerships

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New insights and innovations are needed to transform our global food systems. The growing population and the impacts of climate change and conflicts challenge us to adapt policies and practices towards more healthy, sustainable, and resilient food systems. Africa and Europe are facing different challenges, but joint hands in the research and innovation program LEAP-Agri. 27 joint African-European transdisciplinary consortia were supported to create new knowledge and innovations on urgent food system challenges and Dutch research institutes and businesses were partners in 14 of these consortia. This magazine showcases six projects, their main results, and the added value of the of this type of African-European research collaboration. The significance for EU and Dutch food and nutrition security policy is highlighted. The magazine ends with a set of take aways on African-EU research collaboration regarding dealing with the complexity of food system challenges, increasing the impact of research and strengthening the knowledge infrastructure both in Africa and Europe.


Frans Verberne

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