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Friday, June 18 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Africa-Europe Partnering together for Future Biodiversity Challenges: Consortia Building

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The objective of this session is to discuss on current and future Africa-EU Biodiversity and Ecosystem services challenges and work on potential partnerships to influenciate the R&I agendas to address societal needs and support SDG 14 and 15. LifeWatch ERIC, as joint European Infrastructure working on these topics, aims at providing Virtual Research Environments for STI joint activities that can supply evidence for policy-making.

To start with, the session will map interest and potential partnership to develop a project proposal on Agroecology practices and exchange. As extracted from the Horizon Europe draft Work Program the call  HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01-12 entitled: Agro-ecological approaches in African agriculture systems- shall have the following scope:
The EU’s relationship with Africa is a key priority for the EU. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing urgency of the climate crisis put pressure both on domestic/local food production and on ecosystems that generate higher health risks with the emergence of new pest and diseases for plants, animals and humans.
The implementation of agro-ecological approaches will alleviate the pressure that agri-food production places on natural ecosystems, contributing to resilience of agri-food systems and facilitating nature-based responses to current and future agri-food risks and threats. Agro-ecological transitions of food systems requires strong food governance with interventions at different level (local, territorial, and value chain) and coherent public policies.
Proposals should build on existing and develop new knowledge, data, models (including indicators) to:
      ·    Identify and evaluate the most suitable agro-ecological strategies for various farming systems in different agro-ecological zones, in Africa.
      ·    Deliver a method to identify the best combination of agro-ecological practices for different farming systems, identifying barriers to and drivers of (socioeconomic and ecological) its wide implementation and the conditions, means and tools to support agro-ecological transitions at individual, territorial and systems levels, and including prospective related to access to local and international markets.
      ·    Develop indicators to monitor and measure the qualitative and quantitative impacts of these strategies for different farming systems, the climate neutrality potential and trade-offs, nutrients flows, biodiversity and improvement of in farm socio-economic resilience.
      ·    Support farmers, advisory services and actors in value chains in implementing agro-ecological practices by stablishing communities to support capacity building, knowledge exchange, and share best practices across different human communities in relation to agro-ecological practices that contribute to mitigating climate change and other environmental impacts.
      ·    Identify approaches and methods to enhance the demand for food products resulting from agro-ecological practices, from local, national, regional and international markets. 
Proposals must implement the 'multi-actor approach’ and ensure adequate involvement of the farming sector and, as relevant, bio-based industries active in rural areas.



Speakers
avatar for Eltayb Abdellatef

Eltayb Abdellatef

Scientist, Commission for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, National Center For Research, Khartoum, Sudan
Name: Eltayb Abdellatef   Position: Scientist,Commission for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, National CenterFor Research, Khartoum, SudanEducation§PhD. Agriculture, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, 2015.§MSc. Plant Biotechnology, Sudan Academy of Sciences, Khartoum... Read More →
avatar for Jan Low

Jan Low

Principal Scientist, International Potato Center (CIP)
Jan Low is a principal scientist with the International Potato Center (CIP), based in Nairobi, Kenya.  During the past decade, she managed the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) research project and co-led the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Chaves

Juliana Chaves

Senior environmental consultant, Lifewatch ERIC
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended expertise in Sustainable Development and Gender equality in Africa and LAC regions . She currently collaborating with LifeWatch ERIC as Biodiversity and Ecosystem services expert. Prior to this... Read More →
avatar for José Manuel Ávila

José Manuel Ávila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr José Manuel Ávila is an Environmental Scientist who specialises in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than ten years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research centre, academia and industry). At the... Read More →
avatar for John Bosco Lamoris Okulllo

John Bosco Lamoris Okulllo

Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism, Makerere Universitry, College of Agricultural & Envirpnmental Sciences
John Bosco Lamoris Okulllo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University Kampala (MAK), Uganda. Assoc. Prof. Okullo  holds a PhD (Plant Reproduction and Management... Read More →
avatar for Francisco Sanz García

Francisco Sanz García

Executive Director, Ibercivis Foundation
Francisco is a mathematician and holds a Master’s degree in Computational Mechanics from the University of Zaragoza. He is the Executive Director of the Ibercivis Foundation and the cordinator of the Cesar Citizen-Laboratories in Etopia-Centro de Arte y Tecnología in Zaragoza... Read More →
avatar for Christos Arvanitidis

Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
avatar for Heather Mckhann

Heather Mckhann

European Project Officer, Coordinator Executive Secretariat, INRAE, EU JPI FACCE
Dr Heather McKhann (F), Coordinator of the European Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). She has a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following post-doctoral experiences in France and the Netherlands, she... Read More →
avatar for Roberto Garcia Ruiz

Roberto Garcia Ruiz

Professor, University of Jaen
Dr. Roberto García Ruiz is full professor on Ecology at the Department of Animal and Plant Biology and Ecology of the University of Jaén (Spain). His research is focused on the development and co-design of agroecological, nature-based combination of context-specific management practices... Read More →
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Roland Brouwer

Roland Brouwer's (PhD) carreer covers natural resource management, higher education, science, technology and innovation indicator and policy development, and agronomy. He has worked in Portugal, Mozambique and Ethiopia as a lecturer, researcher, and consultant. While working on different... Read More →
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Irene Kadzere

Department of International Cooperation at FiBL
Dr. Irene Kadzere has worked for the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL Switzerland) as a scientist and project coordinator since 2012, focussing mainly on research and development projects on organic agriculture in Africa. She has coordinated several projects on comparative... Read More →



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