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Thursday, June 17 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Africa-Europe Research Cooperation for the Advancement of Agri-Food Systems

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The EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (HLPD FNSSA) is currently pursuing a ten-year roadmap (2016-2026) with four priorities: (1) Sustainable intensification; (2) Agriculture and food systems for nutrition; (3) Expansion and improvement of agricultural trade and markets; and (4) A group of cross-cutting topics. The overall goal is to achieve agri-food systems that are more sustainable, deliver better nutrition, avoid undernutrition and obesity, reduce food losses and waste, adapt to and mitigate climate change, and create jobs for young people through place-based innovations, in both rural areas and in cities. How these challenges can be tackled and long-term improvements be achieved? The key factors for successful long-term agri-food transformation, with support of Research and Innovations are investments, cooperation and digital technologies. The actions on investments should target public-private partnership in R&I, better regulations and right incentives can provide benefits to the private sector, including place-based solutions and scaling-up opportunities as well as fostering local food markets and the export of high quality food products for income generation.

Establishment of a post-COVID-19 resilient cooperation in R&I should include a better forecast on food environment, food culture and household food choices which support healthy nutrition choices, and improved linkages between agri-food innovators and development cooperation EU/African Union (AU) Member States initiatives. It should be highlighted that the R&I support to the implementation of the FNSSA partnership under Horizon Europe will continue to help address priority areas to achieve food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Successful European models such as agri-food Living labs and Smart villages, which employ new digital technologies to local regional ecosystems, could serve as toolbox that should be replicated and adapted to the African conditions.

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Jose Manuel Avila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
He is an Environmental Scientist who specialized in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than twelve years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research center, academia and industry). At the beginning of his... Read More →

Brian McCollow

Chair, US-Chad Investment Council
Brian McCollow helps leaders navigate complex commercial and diplomatic affairs by providing sustained high profile strategic support and deal pursuit through the global advisory firm InfinitySquared. Through his work advising senior business executives, investors, diplomats, and... Read More →
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Sherry. Ayittey

Sherry Ayitey is a Ghanaian politician.She is the minister for Environment,Science and Technology. She has been an active member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).She was involved with the 31st December Women's Movement,a non governmental organisation affiliated to the NDC... Read More →
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Karina Angelieva

Adviser, Ministry of Education and Science Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria. In her current position as an Adviser to the Interim Government, she is covering a large portfolio, including European and national policies and programmes in R&I, including Horizon Europe, Erasmus... Read More →
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Shadrack Moephuli

Chief Executive Officer: Agricultural Research Council, Agriculture Research Council, South Africa
Dr. Moephuli has been president and chief executive officer of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), South Africa since 2006. He is a member of the Genetic Resource Policy Committee of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which is funded by the... Read More →
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Andy Zynga

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food, Belgium
Andy Zynga is CEO of EIT Food. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Open Innovation Service Leader NineSigma. Other highlights of his career include taking a technology firm public on the London Stock Exchange as member of the Senior Executive team and building a Telecommunications... Read More →
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Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin

Director for Research and Strategy, French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization (CIRAD), France
Elisabeth Claverie de Saint-Martin is the Director General for Research and Strategy and vice CEO at CIRAD (Agricultural Research Centre for International Cooperation).Tasked with managing the Centre and steering the planning and execution of CIRAD’s strategic vision, Dr. Elisabeth... Read More →

Maciej Golubiewski

Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, Belgium
Maciej Golubiewski is the Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Washington and Lee University (1999) and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the Johns... Read More →
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Hambani Masheleni

A.g. Director, Department of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, African Union Commission
Mr. Hambani MasheleniA.g. Director, Department of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation , African Union CommissionMr. Hambani Masheleni is a holder of an MSc Applied Physics and BSc Physics Honours degrees. He has a broad range of training and work experience in public sector... Read More →
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Natalia Corbalán

Director, Fundación Ingenio, Spain
Natalia Corbalán is the Director of Fundación Ingenio. Being a law graduate, she began her professional career as a lawyer at the firm Salazar in Murcia, where she worked with judicial, fiscal, and administrative matters. Later, she engaged with project consulting. Examples of her... Read More →
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Isabelle Hippolyte

Director, ANR, France
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Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mauritius