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Engaging African Universities in Advancing Agricultural and Food and Nutrition Security in Africa: Policy Perspective | webinar
September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The focus on science, technology and innovation lies within the mandate of universities. Across the globe, universities train human resources, who in turn and together with universities, lead research, innovation and technology driven entrepreneurship. In the African Union Research Grants which operationalize the Africa-Europe partnership for Research and Innovation, universities lead implementation of over 50% of the grants while being partners in over 70% of the projects. They are the institutional partners implementing the Intra Africa Mobility Scheme, Horizon 2020 among other programmes. Universities thus constitute technical expert resource for the African Union and European Union to generate evidence and expert opinion to guide development and implementation of policies and strategic frameworks, financial instruments, and research and development programmes.
Universities are thus well placed to provide technical expertise in generating evidence for policy making through policy research, in implementing and generating evidence from practice for improvement of Africa-Europe partnership strategic frameworks, policies and programmes, such as “Comprehensive strategy with Africa”, the European Green Deal and its Farm to Fork Strategy, the Research and Innovation Partnership Roadmaps for Food Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) and Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Access (CCSE), among others. While university professors have been contributing to these efforts individually, a coordinated continent wide engagement of universities will yield better results. Coordinated and organized approach will make it easier to mobilise and generate continent wide input in the strategic documents as well as prepare both universities and research institutions to effectively and jointly deliver the aspirations of the EU-Africa partnership.
This RUFORUM Webinar 10 is organized to explore opportunities for coordinated engagement of African and European universities to contribute to the; i) Development, ii) Implementation and iii) Evaluation of policies, strategic frameworks and funding programmes under the auspice of Africa-EU partnership.
The Webinar aims to bring together policy leaders from African Union Commission, European Union Commission, Country Governments and other development partners to deliberate on how African universities should be engaged in a coordinated manner to contribute during the consultations to design programmes, implementation of these programmes and their review.
There will be simultaneous English/French/Arabic translations
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