Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, February 16, 2018

Food Fortification: Scalable Approaches to Prevent Micronutrient Deficiencies in Populations

15 February 2018. Brussels. DevCo InfoPoint. The European Commission intends to seize all opportunities for promoting nutrition-sensitive food systems. Food Fortification aims to contribute to reduction of the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies. The presentations summarized key factors and global experiences in effective and sustainable implementation of biofortification, flour/rice fortification, and fortified complementary foods, as public health interventions.

Introduction: Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit, DEVCO C1 - Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security

Presentations
  • Peg Willingham, Head of Advocacy and Policy, Harvest Plus
  • Anna Verster, Coordinator, Smarter Futures
  • Saul Morris, Director, Program Services, GAIN

Launch of the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) Platform

14 February 2018. Rome. The Farmer Field Schools (FFS) approach, currently implemented in over 90 countries, enhances food security and sustainable agricultural development. Through this approach, small-scale farmers have been learning how to better manage crop, fish, livestock and tree production while facing climate change and other challenges, and to strengthen collaboration for improved livelihoods since 1989. 

FAO is launched the Global FFS Platform to better connect the worldwide network of practitioners and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, expertise and information.

  • Farmer Field Schools – Over 20 years on the road to sustainable agriculture (Anne-Sophie Poisot, AGP)
  • Farmer Field School impacts around the globe – Ensuring quality results (Henk van den Berg, Wageningen University)
  • The Global Farmer Field School platform (Suzanne Phillips, AGP)
Panel discussion on Field School experiences with participation from:
  • Bukar Tijani, ADG, RAF
  • Karl Deering, Director, Climate Resilient Agriculture, CARE
  • Norman Messer, Senior Technical Specialist, Rural Development/Institutions, IFAD
  • Deborah Duveskog, Resilience Team for Eastern Africa, FAO Kenya
  • Johannes Ketelaar, FAO Regional Office for Asia
The event was webcast and is available online

Related:
20 and 21 February 2018. Bilbao, Spain. Communication Toolkit for Launch of GFAR Collective Action on Participatory Research 

The World Rural Forum, with other Partners in GFAR, will launch a GFAR Collective Action for “Enhancing participatory processes between Family Farmers, Civil Society/Rural Communities, Research Institutes”, to continue to strengthen the participation of family farmers, civil society organizations, rural communities and their small and medium enterprises in research processes – an agenda long championed through GFAR’s collective actions. To demonstrate the effectiveness of real collaboration in the field and the impacts for rural communities, it is also essential to be able to monitor and measure the impacts of these partnerships between farmers and research for innovation. 

A full design and action plan for this Collective Action will be agreed among participating Partners in GFAR as a basis for joint collaboration. The Collective Action will create a learning space grounded in fostering bottom-up processes, mutual learning, open sharing and breaking down institutional barriers. Through dialogue, with farmers themselves at the center, this Collective Action will bolster and demonstrate the crucial links between research and society, between science and the people who use it to bring food to our tables.

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Global Forum for Innovation in agriculture

5-6 February 2018. Abu Dhabi.  GFIA 2018  This Forum presented a platform for the government,
the private sector and the community to establish partnerships for cooperation. GFIA saw the participation of around 600 exhibitors displaying their cutting-edge products and services and over 50 game-changing innovations.

Discussion on the visions and strategies to introduce innovation into the future food security equation and agricultural production, set plans to address the challenges and requirements of today and the future, which include diversifying food sources, increasing productivity, and addressing the needs of the private sector which is a cornerstone of all food security plans.

The Forum also seeked to outline pragmatic solutions to increase investment in the agricultural sector, which will guarantee sustainable food security for generations to come.

Olmix Group was awarded for the ‘Best Innovation in Animal Production’ category. The product MFeed+ (Olmix China) is a natural feed additive based on Olmix patented Algae and Clay technology which aims to improve digestion and thus reduce antibiotics use in animal nutrition.

Extract of the programma:

CREATING CHANGE, MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN
The pace of technological innovation is faster than ever and new technologies and innovators have the potential to help agriculture overcome urgent challenges and reshape the future of food production. How can we ensure the right ideas are scaled up, accepted, adapted and reach those who need them?
  • Keynote Address: Open Data: the path to digital transformation/development - André Laperrière, Executive Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
  • How to increase investment - Reihem Roy, Principal, Omnivore Partners, USA
  • Startups and young people in agrifood innovation - Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager, Berytech/Agrytech, Lebanon
  • Smallholder farming and innovation - Mike Warmington, One Acre Fund, Kenya
  • Innovation ladder & open R&D in agriculture - Carla Tanas, Co-founder of Industry Disruptors – Game Changers (IDGC), Co-founder of Future Agro Challenge (FAC), Co-Curator of Disrupt, Startup, ScaleUP

ARD funding opportunities

A G R I C U L T U R E

Rapid Loss Assessment Tool (RLAT) for agribusiness value chains in Southern Africa. 
The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa CCARDESA), with the support of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), plans to introduce and promote a Rapid Loss Assessment Tool (RLAT) for agribusiness value chains in Southern Africa. This call is directed to SADC member states and institutions in member countries that engage in agricultural development, extension services and research, agribusiness and rural economics coming from public or private, governmental or non governmental sectors which want to increase their capacity in assessing harvest and post-harvest losses. Deadline 28 February 2018

International Development Research Centre — Food Security in Africa
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research call for cutting edge applied field and/or laboratory research projects with the potential to generate high impact and innovative results with particular impact on the food insecure and poor in Africa.  Priority areas are agriculture, including climate change, sustainable water management, and others. Applicants must be agricultural research systems, universities, government departments, or NGOs from Burundi; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; or Zimbabwe. Project budgets must be in the range of CA$1 million to CA$3 million for four years. Deadline 01 March 2018

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations — Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture aims to promote and support the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. The goal is to enable farmers from developing countries around the world access to adapted varieties leading to increased productivity. The Benefit-sharing Fund funds single country (maximum funding/project: US$ 250 thousand) and multi-country projects (maximum funding/project: US$ 450 thousand) for up to 48 months. Eligible applicants include governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions, and regional and international organizations based in developing countries. Deadline 01 March 2018

JRS Biodiversity Foundation — Information on Freshwater Biodiversity and Pollinator Biodiversity in Africa
The JRS Biodiversity Foundation aims to increase the access to and the use of information for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. The current call for proposals requests multi-year projects focused on biodiversity data, knowledge, and information services related to freshwater biodiversity and pollinator biodiversity in eastern and southern Africa. Preference is for projects that can grow to larger scale, or that can be transferred across geographic regions or across organizational and institutional contexts. Each multi-year grant will range from about US$50 thousand to about US$250 thousand. Deadline 09 March 2018.
U.S. - Egypt science and technology joint fund - Call for research proposals
The U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Fund strengthens scientific and technological capabilities between both countries. Deadline 08 March 2018

PRIMA calls for proposals
Call from the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area 
Nestlé Foundation — Human Nutrition in Developing Countries 2018
The Nestlé Foundation supports research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. In relation to agriculture, the Foundation will consider research on food policy, food production, and food technology if the intervention has high potential for improved nutritional status and public health. The Foundation offers training grants, pilot grants, and full project grants. Priority is for proposals submitted by researchers in developing countries, or jointly with partners in developed countries. Deadline 10 May 2018

Ekhaga Foundation – Ecological Agriculture and Biological Medicine 2018
The Ekhaga Foundation makes grants for research in ecological agriculture and biological medicine. Universities, research institutes, etc., from all over the world are invited to apply. Ekhaga requires cooperation with a Swedish institution for applications that do not come from Europe or North America. Deadline 20 May 2018

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation — Local Project Support
The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation supports special projects and programs in the areas of conservation, food, and health in low- and lower-middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field. Eligibility extends to NGOs, community-based organizations and academic institutions. There is no maximum grant size. The average grant is approx. US$20 thousand. Grants exceeding US$30 thousand are rarely awarded. Deadline 1 July 2018

VLIR call for ‘South Initiatives’
VLIR-UOS, the Flemish Interuniversity Council – University Cooperation for Development, funds cooperation projects between professors, researchers and lecturers in Flanders (Belgium) and Uganda (+ several other countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia). The call for ‘South Initiatives’, ‘TEAM projects’ and ‘JOINT projects’ is for cooperation projects that aim at strengthening the research and education capacity of universities, university colleges or public research institutes in a specific thematic domain. In general, project proposals emerge from a local development problem or need which is addressed through a common initiative taken by one or more academics or lecturers from the South, in collaboration with one or more Flemish academics or lecturers. Also other stakeholders are encouraged to participate (NGO’s, private companies, etc.) in order to create a maximum of synergy and complementarity with other projects in the region/ country. More details will be made available at the website (www.vliruos.be) as soon as the call has been launched (foreseen for 28th of February).

Agribusiness
SEED is a global partnership founded by UNEP, UNDP, and IUCN to promote eco-enterprises. The program announces its next replicator workshop in Ghana on 6th of April. The replicator workshop of one day introduce motivated individuals to proven business models from various countries. Deadline 04 March 2018

Tony Elumelu Foundation — Entrepreneurship Program for Africans 2018
The TEF Program fosters and supports start-up enterprises in Africa. TEF combines mentoring, training, forums, seed capital, and alumni support to individuals in Africa proposing new business ideas or early-stage companies in sectors that include agriculture, among others. The program is open to citizens and legal residents ages 18 and older in any African country. Deadline 01 March 2018

African Women’s Development Fund — Empowering African Women
The African Women’s Development Fund supports organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the achievement of gender equality on the continent. To increase income opportunities for women, projects to be supported should seek to work with smallholder women farmers, and address issues of climate change and food security. Applicant organizations must have at least three years of experience, be led by a woman, and have a focus on women’s rights. Applications from the following countries are specifically encouraged: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Applicants may apply for up to US$50 thousand for one year. Deadline 7 March 2018 

The Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation (Sida) seeks applications for its Planning Grants program. Grants are awarded to help entrepreneurs explore new markets and research their technology’s impact on the environment and poverty reduction. The programme’s emphasis is on cleantech products, systems, processes, and services in the following focus areas: climate change adaptation/mitigation; ecosystem services; renewable energy; water and sanitation; and urban development. Eligibility extends to companies or organisations based in Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The maximum amount per projects is SEK350 thousand. Deadline 04 March 2018.

International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture — International Courses for Agricultural Professionals 2018
ICRA supports education and capacity strengthening in agriculture and the rural sector in the developing world. Among its forms of engagement, ICRA offers specialized training courses each year. Applications are invited for courses that include: “Facing rural innovation challenges – Linking research to inclusive development for food security” (May-June 2018, the Netherlands); and “Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Key skills for inclusive business brokerage” (June-July 2018, Nigeria). ICRA’s courses qualify for NFP/MSP scholarships funded by the Dutch government.Deadline 21 March 2018


BMCE Bank of Africa — African Entrepreneurship Award 2018
The African Entrepreneurship Award is a business competition inviting young African entrepreneurs to submit their entrepreneurial ideas in two categories, one of which is “Innovation” for projects and business ideas that aim to solve pressing issues in Africa. This refers to business proposals that innovate to create jobs and improve lives addressing problems in areas such as food security, water access, sustainable energy, deforestation,and others. Submissions are invited from for-profit businesses managed by Africans who are at least 18 years old. Deadline 30 April 2018

Techstars — Global Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs
Techstars provides funding and mentorship programs for entrepreneurs. Techstars Impact Accelerator is for for-profit founders building tech to solve social & environmental problems. Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator is for entrepreneurs focussing on the tech/digital side of food and agriculture. The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy, is for entrepreneurs with commercially viable technologies that can rapidly scale to help sustainably provide food and water and address global issues like climate change. Each selected project team receives up to $120 thousand startup investment. Deadline 8 April 2018

African Leadership Academy — Anzisha Prize for Young Innovators 2018
The Anzisha Prize is awarded to young innovators ages 15-22 in Africa who develop and implement innovative solutions to challenges facing their communities. Past awards include innovations in energy, agriculture, and ecological consumer products. The grand prize winners will share prizes worth US$100 thousand. Deadline 1 April 2018

Common Fund for Commodities — 12th Call for Proposals
The CFC calls for proposals that advance commodity development in its member countries. Funding is targeted mainly to for-profit organizations and social enterprises for production, value chains, and marketing across a wide group of commodities (agricultural crops, tree crops, timber, bamboo and rattan, minerals, and others). Deadline 15 April 2018

Global Giving — Crowdfunding Training Opportunity
GlobalGiving is an online platform to raise funds for grassroots projects worldwide across many sectors and themes – including in agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources. GlobalGiving announces a new Accelerator program that will offer virtual training in online fundraising and participation in a two-week crowdfunding campaign. The program is open to nonprofit organizations anywhere in the world. Organizations that successfully complete the GlobalGiving Accelerator by raising at least US$5 thousand total from a minimum 40 different donors will earn permanent membership with GlobalGiving, in addition to publicity and bonus prizes. Deadline 1 May 2018

Thought for Food Foundation — Thought For Food Global Challenge
The Thought for Food Foundation invites young teams to develop breakthrough solutions that address the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050. TFF Challenge participants can win up to $25 thousand in cash prizes and participate in the TFF Startup Bootcamp, a 12-week workshop for social entrepreneurs. Deadline 4 May 2018

Right Sharing of World Resources — Seed Grants for Women’s Micro-Credit Projects
Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) makes seed grants to support income-generating projects led by women. RSWR’s current priorities are grassroots organizations selected states and districts of India; Quaker groups in Kenya; and grassroots organizations in Sierra Leone. Projects include many in the production and sale of fruits and vegetables; meat and milk; grain crops; fish; fuelwood; and other enterprises associated with small-scale agriculture and rural livelihoods. Deadline 30 June 2018

Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation — Grants for Grassroots Development
The CFH Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations for projects in conservation, sustainable agriculture, and health in low- and lower-middle-income countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It prefers to support organizations located in low- and middle-income countries, or organizations located in upper-income countries whose activities are of direct benefit low- and middle-income countries. Most recent grants range from US$10 thousand to US$30 thousand. Deadline 1 July 2018

Bio-diversity, environment, climate change

UK Department for International Development — Research on Economic Growth in Developing Countries (Phase 3)
The IGC invites proposals with focus on delivering research and policy products to developing countries with the aim of creating jobs and reduce poverty. The topics include improving access to and quality of energy services for households and firms; rural electrification; energy efficiency; and the effects of energy consumption on health and the environment. Deadline 05 March 2018

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) — NAMA Funding for Low-Carbon Development (5th call)
Germany’s BMU is a partner of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change in establishing the NAMA Facility to address climate change (promotion of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions). The Facility announces its fourth call for project proposals from national governments and qualified delivery organizations in developing and emerging economies. The NAMA Facility is open to fund NAMAs across a range of countries and sectors. Deadline 15 March 2018.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation — International Climate Protection Fellowships 2018
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers 20 fellowships for young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and pursuing long-term collaboration. The fellowship allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Deadline 01 March 2018.

IUCN-Netherlands — Land Acquisition for Conservation 2018
The World Conservation Union in the Netherlands (IUCN-Netherlands) provides grants up to €85 thousand for the purchase and protection of threatened wildlife habitats and vulnerable ecosystems in Asia-Pacific countries, Africa, and Latin America. The grants are to qualified and experienced local conservation organizations. Deadline 01 May 2018.

United Nations University — Climate Fellowship Programme
The UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme offers young people from developing countries the opportunity to start their career at the interface between international climate policy development and research. Fellowships may last from six months to two years. Climate Fellows will be able to work in their home countries or internationally, deploying the valuable experience and insights they have gained during the programme. Qualified women candidates and candidates from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted two times a year. Deadline 16 July – 16 August 2018.

New England Biolabs Foundation — Grants for Grassroots Conservation 2018
The New England Biolabs Foundation makes grants to grassroots and charitable organizations to support conservation of biological diversity; ecosystem services; community food security; and marine environment. The geographical scope focuses on Ghana and Cameroon in West Africa. Maximum grant size is US$10 thousand. Most grants are US$3 thousand to US$8 thousand. Deadlines 16 March 2018 and 13 August 2018

Fellowships/scholarships/grants

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture — Agricultural Scholarships for Africans
RUFORUM is partnering with the MasterCard Foundation to implement the programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development”. For the academic year 2018, 45 Bachelor and 15 Master scholarships are available of which 70% will be for Kenya and Uganda nationals.The aim is to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. In this current call, proposals will be accepted only from Egerton University and Gulu University. Deadline 31 March 2018.

Ghent University — PhD Scholarships 2018
Ghent University grants PhD scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University. Before applying each student needs to find a professor from Ghent University who is willing to act as their supervisor. Supported thematic areas include biology, veterinary medicine, agricultural economics, water, etc. Deadline 6 March 2018.

Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences — Research Competitions 2018 and 2019
Each year, the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences sponsors a competition to stimulate high-quality research regarding problems inherent in the developing world. The questions for 2018 include one on the use of remotely-sensed data for assessing the water cycle in developing countries. The questions for 2019 include one on the impact of urbanization, agricultural, and/or industrial development on natural ecosystems in tropical countries, and another on the technical, scientific or economic implication of emerging countries to the collecting and recycling of residues containing metals. Each award-winning work is granted a prize of €2,500. The deadline for the 2018 competition is 01 March 2018; the deadline for the 2019 competition is 01 March 2019.

Association of Commonwealth Universities — Masters Scholarships 2018
The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable successful applicants to benefit from the expertise provided by universities in low and middle-income countries around the Commonwealth. The program currently offers 13 masters-level scholarships at ACU member universities in 9 countries. Applicants are citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the host country. Subject areas for the masters programs include agriculture, environment, climate change, and others. Deadline 11 March 2018.

Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions — IMMANA Fellowships, Round 4
Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), IMMANA aims to accelerate the development of scientific evidence to support effective policy and investments in agriculture for improved nutrition and health. Fellowships focus mainly on fieldwork in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Eligible applicants will have completed a doctorate in any field related to agriculture, nutrition, and/or health within three years of the proposed fellowship start date. Applicants may be of any nationality and have earned their doctorates anywhere. IMMANA strongly encourages applications from female candidates who are citizens of low- and middle-income countries, and applicants who have research or faculty appointments in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.  Deadline 1 March 2018.

NextWorldNow Community Investments — Community Grants 2018
NextWorldNow (NWN) is committed to working with community leaders who are solving difficult social problems. This includes social problems related to water, sanitation, deforestation, smallholder productivity, and food security — among other subject areas. Grants are up to US$10 thousand. Deadline 31 March 2018.

Israeli Agency for International Development - Course: Clean Technologies for Economic Development
The course is geared towards decision makers, policy makers and professionals from the fields of energy, water, waste, agriculture, climate change, infrastructure and economic development.Deadline 23 Feb 2018

Israeli Agency for International Development — Course: Intensive Crop Production
The course is geared towards professionals from governmental and non-governmental institutions, universities, research institutes and/or private sector involved in agricultural development projects under irrigation as well as in research, extension and/or intensive agricultural production. Deadline 06 March 2018

African Water Association — Research Fellowships for Young Water and Sanitation Professionals in West Africa
With funding provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the African Water Association offers fellowships of US$1 thousand for masters research in water and sanitation. Open until 28 Feb 2018

Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund — Scholarships for Higher Education 2018
Subject areas at Taiwan’s participating universities include tropical agriculture, renewable energy, environmental sciences, conservation and wildlife management, and others. Deadline  16 March 2018

Aga Khan Foundation — International Scholarships 2018-2019
The Aga Khan Foundation supports programs in rural development, broadly defined, in a number of developing countries. Deadline  31 March 2018

New Zealand Aid Program — Development Scholarships 2018
New Zealand’s government provides a variety of opportunities for training and university study through the New Zealand Aid Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program has six scholarship schemes, reaching a total of over 90 countries. The priorities for support often include agriculture, renewable energy, fisheries, disaster risk management, and other areas. Deadline  28 March 2018

Tropical Biology Association — Field Courses for Early-Career Scientists 2018
The TBA sponsors field courses in tropical biology at the post-graduate level. It currently invites applications for 2018 courses in Kenya and Borneo. Full scholarships will be granted to successful African and Malagasy applicants for the course in Africa or Madagascar, and to successful applicants from ASEAN countries for the course in Borneo. Deadline  4 March 2018

International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology — Research Fellowships 2018
The Arturo Falaschi Fellowships Program offers long and short-term fellowships to assist in the training of scientists from ICGEB’s member states, including many developing countries. The fellowships are for research at collaborating universities in Trieste, New Delhi, and Cape Town. For doctoral fellowships, the application deadline is 31 March 2018. For post-doctoral fellowships, the deadlines are 31 March and 30 September 2018.

Wageningen University — Short Courses: Food Security 2018
The Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation offers multiple short-term courses in the theme “Food Security” in 2018. Courses during the year 2018, and the locations where they will be held, include the following: Milking to potential (May 2018 in the Netherlands); Food systems for healthy and sustainable diets (June 2018 in the Netherlands); Organised farmers as partners in agribusiness (September/October 2018 in the Netherlands); Responsible aquaculture development (November/December 2018 in the Netherlands); among many others. Most courses are open to professionals of government departments, NGOs and civil society organisations, businesses, development agencies, universities and colleges for higher education, and individual consultants. Deadline April 2018

Nordic Africa Institute — Grants for Guest Researchers from Africa 2018
The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) provides funding to social science researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa for short-term collaborative assignments at the NAI in Uppsala, Sweden. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. The thematic research programs include the topics of economic growth, poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods, climate change, and sustainable development, among others. Deadline 1 April 2018

International Plant Nutrition Institute — Scholar Awards for Agricultural Graduate Students 2018
The IPNI Scholar Awards are open to applicants who are graduate students attending a degree-granting institution located in any country with an IPNI program. Applicants in Africa can apply if their research connects with international programs, even if their countries are not in IPNI (see the special criteria for Africans). Awards of US$2 thousand are available to students in the disciplines of agronomy, horticulture, ecology, soil fertility, soil chemistry, crop physiology, and other areas related to plant nutrition. Deadline 1 May 2018

International Livestock Research Institute — Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2017-2018
The Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub awards research fellowships to African agricultural researchers for short-term projects at the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi. The announcement identifies the priority research themes. Candidates should be currently engaged in agricultural research and be affiliated with a national agricultural research system in the eligible countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Dem Rep Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Under special partnership and collaboration arrangements, applicants from other African countries are considered for the fellowship. The Fund supports travel, accommodation, stipend, and research costs. Deadline 30 June 2018

AWARDS and O T H E R

Agrinatura travel grants to Tropentag conference 2018
AGRINATURA will support the annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag) with the general theme for 2018: ‘Global food security and food safety: The role of universities’ The conference will be held at the Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), September 17-19, 2018. Deadline 15 May 2018

Global Federation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences — World Agricultural Prize 2018
The Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) supports innovation and leadership in education, research, and outreach in the agricultural and life sciences. This year, two World Agriculture Prizes will be awarded, each to a faculty member from a higher education institution for lifetime achievements in agriculture and life sciences  — including but not limited to agriculture, forestry, natural resources, food, bio-based products, bio-energy, rural development, and the environment. The amount of the prize is US$100 thousand, contributed by Nanjing Agricultural University and the Da Bei Nong Group. Deadline 30 April 2018
The King Baudouin African Development Prize aims to reward individuals or organisations who are making an outstanding contribution to development in Africa. The winners receive €200 thousand and the opportunity to promote their cause to international audiences. The Prize will be awarded to Africans or organisations which are founded and led by Africans. Candidates have to be nominated. Self-nominations and applications by individuals will not be considered. Deadline 01 March 2018.

Australian Center for International Agricultural Research — John Allwright Fellowship 2018
ACIAR awards the John Allwright Fellowship for university post-graduate studies in Australia. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR’s priority partner countries who are engaged in an ACIAR collaborative project at the time of application. Each awardee pursues research at an Australian tertiary institution relevant to the project in which the awardee is engaged. Deadline 30 April 2018
World Academy of Sciences — Science Prizes 2018
Each year, TWAS awards eight prizes of US$15 thousand each to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years. The disciplinary fields include agricultural sciences, biology, and six others. Nominations of women scientists are particularly encouraged. Deadline 15 March 2018.

International Youth Foundation — Global Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs
The Laureate Global Fellowship, sponsored by Laureate International Universities, recognizes 20 young leaders from around the world who have pioneered solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges in their communities and beyond. Laureate Global Fellows begin their fellowship experience at a week-long training retreat and gain access to opportunities for needs-based personal and organizational development. Deadline 06 March 2018

Swiss Re Foundation — Leadership Prize in Water Management
The International ReSource Award is a prize acknowledging social entrepreneurial thinking and leadership in addressing social and/or ecological issues related to sustainable water management practices in developing and emerging countries. Deadline 16 March 2018

The UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship
The Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long-form print and audio stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systemsagricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming. Deadline 15 March 2018

African Leadership Academy — Anzisha Prize for Young Innovators 2018
Past awards include innovations in energy, agriculture, and ecological consumer products. The grand prize winners will share prizes worth US$100 thousand. Deadline  01 Apr 2018

Boston University: West African Research Association (WARC) — Travel Grants for West African Nationals
The WARC Travel Grant supports African scholars and graduate students for research visits to other institutions on the continent. Travel grant funds may be used to attend and present papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant’s field of research; visit libraries or archives in support of the applicant’s current academic work; engage in collaborative work with colleagues at another institution; and travel to a research site. The grant provides travel costs up to US$1,500 and a stipend of US$1,500. The program is open to West African nationals, with preference given to those affiliated with West African colleges, universities, and research institutions. Deadline 15 March 2018

West African Research Association — Travel Grant Program 2017
The WARC Travel Grant promotes intra-African cooperation and exchange among researchers and institutions by providing support to African scholars and graduate students for research visits to other institutions on the continent. Travel grant funds may be used to: (i) attend and present papers; (ii) visit libraries or archives; (iii) engage in collaborative work with colleagues. Deadline 15 March 2018

Indian National Academy of Sciences — JRD-Tata Fellowships for Visiting Scientists from Developing Countries
India’s National Science Academy administers the JRD-Tata Fellowships to support visiting scientists from the developing world and promote South-South cooperation. The program is open to applicants from developing countries (except India) younger than age 45, and who possess doctorate or masters degrees in science or equivalent degrees in engineering/medicine. Past participants have included several in agriculture, biological sciences, and geo-sciences. The fellowship is for three months and includes transportation, maintenance allowance, accommodation, and contingencies. Deadline  30 Apr 2018

Fiat Panis Foundation — Prizes for Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources 2018
The Fiat Panis Foundation makes awards for university thesis and dissertation research in themes of agriculture and natural resources, with a focus on food security in developing countries. The Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg Graduate Award is €7.5 thousand. Deadline  30 Apr 2018

Women’s World Summit Foundation — Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life
The WWSF awards this Prize of US$1 thousand per laureate to honor women and women’s groups for exceptional creativity, courage, and commitment to improve the quality of life in rural communities. Each year, WWSF awards the Prize to between 5-10 creative rural women and women’s groups around the world. Nominations include biographical data about the nominee; at least two endorsement letters; and labeled photos. Self-nominations are not accepted. Deadline  01 Apr 2018 (submitted by postal mail only).

Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition — Food Sustainability Media Award
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation invite professional journalists and emerging talent from all over the world to participate in the Food Sustainability Media Award. Applicants may submit written journalism and multimedia (photography, audio and video) contents related to food security, sustainability, agriculture and nutrition. Deadline 31 May 2018.

World Food Prize Foundation — World Food Prize and Borlaug Field Award 2018
The World Food Prize Foundation invites nominations for the annual World Food Prize, and for the annual Borlaug Field Award. The World Food Prize (US$250 thousand) recognizes an individual or individuals who have made outstanding achievements to enhance the world’s food production and its distribution to those most in need. The deadlines for nominations are 01 May 2018 for the World Food Prize, and 30 June 2018 for the Borlaug Field Award. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Training and Capacity Building for Media Practitioners on Agriculture Policies

15th February 2018. Abuja, Nigeria. Training and Capacity Building for Media Practitioners on Agriculture Policies (CAADP, ECOWAP, APP, JSR, BR, NAIP, etc).

See: COMMUNIQUE AND REPORT

The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) in partnership with Trust Africa organized a capacity training and capacity building workshop on agricultural policy instruments for media organizations to be well knowledgeable on these policy instruments in other to create a public awareness on CAADP.

The training had in attendance about 40 representatives drawn from various media organizations. The capacity building session provided a platform for the media organizations to understand the depth of
these policy instruments which facilitate better reporting: a) Understanding the contents and direction of the CAADP ; b) Bringing Agricultural instruments to the front burner of the media.

The technical sessions took critical look at the various policy frameworks and issues related to agriculture at the national, regional and continental levels, as follows:

  1. Paper 1, delivered by Dr. Manson Nwafor, an Economist with the ECOWAS/IITA-ReSSAKS dwelt on the Demystification of the APP, NAIP, ECOWAP, CAADP and ancillary instruments implementation in Nigeria. 
  2. Paper 2 which was delivered by Mr Sylvester Baye from Policy and Planning Dept - Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development explored the place of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the nexus with National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP). 
  3. Paper 3 by Jimoh Babatunde, a Journalist, which expressed the role of the media in the implementation of the APP and CAADP. 
  4. Paper 4, delivered by Gabriel Okeowo which explained Innovative ICTs in Media advocacy for Agriculture Sector





Malaria business and the cultivation of Artemisia

Utilisée en Chine depuis deux mille ans, l’Artemisia annua prévient et soigne le paludisme avec une réelle efficacité. Pourtant, la consommation de cette plante médicinale est toujours déconseillée par l’OMS.

Pendant ce temps, près de 500 000 personnes meurent chaque année de la maladie. Le parasite qui la provoque devient résistant aux nombreux médicaments mis sur le marché par l’industrie pharmaceutique et le vaccin promis pour 2018 ne s’avère efficace que dans 30% des cas. En racontant l’histoire de l’Artemisia annua et de ceux qui se battent pour qu’elle soit largement diffusée, le réalisateur belge Bernard Crutzen met les institutions qui prétendent lutter contre le paludisme depuis cinquante ans au pied du mur. Et redonne espoir à tout un continent.


L'empire de l'or rouge, l’univers impitoyable de la tomate

Published on 14 February 2018.  Pendant deux ans, le journaliste Jean-Baptiste Malet a effectué un tour du monde de la tomate. De Provence en Chine, des Etats-Unis à l’Italie en passant par le Canada et le Ghana, des circuits de production à sa commercialisation et à sa transformation, il en a tiré une solide enquête, L’Empire de l’or rouge, parue chez Fayard (2017).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Write-shop joint IDRC-ACIAR call (Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund 2 call)

12 to 16 February 2018. Entebbe, Uganda. ACIAR and IDRC have launched Phase 2 of the Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF-2), building of the success of Phase 1, to address food and nutrition insecurity in Africa, promote learning about what works, and engage partners in developing innovations that respond to the needs of smallholder farmers, consumers and local stakeholders.

By funding applied research in agricultural development, the expected outcome is an increase in high-quality scientific research with a focus on the adoption of existing and new research results, as well as testing mechanisms to take proven research innovations to scale in order to tackle persistent problems of food insecurity.


CultiAF-2 focuses on issues under 4 key research areas aligned to the regional priorities of the 2014 ‘Malabo declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods’.
  1. Improved productivity and incomes for farmers and communities and decreased post-harvest losses.
  2. Improved gender equity.
  3. Nutrition and human health.
  4. Climate change and sustainable water management.
The workshop is divided into plenary sessions, topical presentations, peer review and group work
  1. Block I – Introduction (general presentations); Analysis of the Call for Concept Notes 
  2. Block 2 – Critical discussion on research proposal ideas and titles 
  3. Block 3 – Situation analysis; Needs assessment; Stakeholder analysis; Problem analysis; Objective analysis 
  4. Block 4 – Research problem; Research questions 
  5. Block 5 – SWOT analysis of the proposed partnership 
  6. Block 6 – Logical frameworks of the Proposals; Impact pathways; Calendar 
  7. Block 7 – Risks; Management; Gender consideration; Environmental sustainability 
  8. Block 8 – Logistics; Staffing; Partnership co-ordination; Costs 
  9. Block 9 – Completion Concept Note; Submission mechanism 
  10. Block 10 – Analysis of completion status Concept Note; Follow-up 
The PAEPARD consortia involved in the write-shop are:
  1. EAFF- Aflatoxin -Kenya
  2. KALRO- Aflatoxin  -Kenya
  3. Groundnut- Malawi. They have changed and are working on Milk Value Chain in -Malawi
  4. Indigenous vegetables -Uganda 
  5. WOUGNET- Cow peas and rice integration -Uganda
  6. Aquaculture Malawi  -Kenya
  7. Eldoret University- Soils Fertility Management (former Indigenous vegetables)  -Kenya
  8. Irish Potatoes -Burundi
  9. Small ruminants but now working on chickens-  Zimbabwe

Innovation and Youth Entrepreneurship in Ivory Coast

Entrepreneur Sika Reine Olga Chimonney
Les conserveries de K'chibo
11 February 2018.  Cairo, Egypt. Third edition of the 2018 Africa STI Forum.

Breakfast pitching session: Innovation and Youth Entrepreneurship Organized by the AfDB

Moderator: Mr. Foster Ofosu, Capacity Development Specialist, African Development Bank Panelists:
Axel Emmanuel GBAOU from Instant Choc
  • Ms. Sarah Rich, Strategy Consultant, Johnson and Johnson Consumer/ S&I Innovation Projects, African Academy of Sciences, Kenya 
  • Mr. Michael Sudarkasa, Africa Business Group, South Africa 
  • Ms. Tanya Popeau, CEO Live Synthesis Ltd. 
  • Mr. Simunza Muyangana, Bonga Hive Technology Hub, Zambia
Discussants:  Prof. Chidozie Emenuga, Division Manager, Programs Division, African Development Bank Discussions: Q/A from the audience

Highlights:
INOVIS a été créé en 2014. 
  • INOVIS conseille les entreprises, notamment les PME / PMI dans leur stratégie de pénétration de marché et de croissance sur le long terme. 
  • Par ailleurs, INOVIS est specialisé dans la rédaction de plan d'affaires basé sur des études économiques, sectorielles à partir d'etudes de marché actualisées en permanence. 
  • INOVIS intervient également dans le montage suivi-évaluation de projet et la levée de fond. 
  • Le département innovation et entrepreneuriat d'INOVIS accompagne les chercheurs des universités à valoriser les résultats de leurs travaux en vue de les transférer à l'economie et les jeunes entrepreneurs à structurer leurs idées d'affaire et à lever des fonds d'amorçage. 
  • En collaboration avec l’université Félix Houphouët Boigny, INOVIS a créé le premier incubateur en Côte d'Ivoire.
L'histoire de la marque Instant Chocolat débute le 7 avril 2015. De l’idée de faire une émission culinaire, Instant Chocolat a débouché sur du chocolat personnalisé, en créant une âme graphique et des saveurs Africaines, suivi d’un marketing par l’objet, afin de développer quelque chose d’affectif, à la fois fun et pratique. En octobre 2015, l'équipe à découvert le salon du chocolat, sur invitation du conseil du café cacao et l’année suivante Instant Chocolat  devenait les premiers africains indépendants à participer à ce prestigieux salon le 28 octobre 2016.

Instant Chocolat a initié le programme de la Chocolaterie en milieu rural grâce à notre cellule de recherche et développement dirigée par Dr Dou Romeo, ingénieur agronome et Dr en microbiologie qui lui aussi fait désormais parti de la
Green Week 2018. The World's largest agricultural fair in Berlin.
Presentation of the chocolaterie project in rural areas
at the invitation of the German Minister for economic
cooperation Dr Gerd Müller.
Team Instant Chocolat. Il s’agissait de créer des unités de transformation du cacao certifié directement au sein des coopératives en zone rural en transmettant la d'Instant Chocolat  savoir faire aux femmes des planteurs, via un processuss artisanal.

Instant chocolat c'est aussi un système de développement stratégiques , aujourd'hui nous sommes les premiers chocolatiers 100% ivoirien à entrer dans les rayons du Duty Free de l'aéroport FHB d'Abidjan, ce qui constitue pour Instant chocolat  une belle ouverture sur le monde extérieur.


Les conserveries de K'chibo. Food and beverage, Manufacturing. Ivory Coast
Entrepreneur
Sika Reine Olga Chimonney

Les conserveries de K'chibo transforme les produits vivriers en produits semi fini; prêts à l’Emploi. Elle assure ainsi une alimentation saine et équilibré à la population grâce à une large gamme de produits de haute qualité couplé de recette de cuisine et de conseils d\’utilisation; Elle assure la distribution de ses produits et partageons ce rôle avec quelques centrales d’achat de super marché.

K'CHIBO produit la pâte d'arachide et la pâte de pistache. K'CHIBO est sur le point de finaliser la recette du concentré d'aubergine et des sauces issues de la culture culinaire africaine.



FASO-PRO une startup Burkinabè Chenille de karité

11 February 2018.  Cairo, Egypt. Third edition of the 2018 Africa STI Forum.

Parallel Session 11/02: Food and nutrition technology: Innovative pathways to build grey matter infrastructure in Africa

Originaire de Pana à l’Ouest du Burkina Faso, Kahitouo Hien est un jeune entrepreneur qui a été inspiré par la culture et plus précisément celle du mode alimentaire de son pays. Il s’agit de la consommation de la Chenille de karité appelée localement Chitoumou. Ce mets s’il est très apprécié par nombre de burkinabè, possède d’énormes propriétés.

La chenille de karité est particulièrement riche en protéines : composé de 63% de protéines, elle serait même plus protéinée que la viande ou le poisson. A ce qu’il parait également 100g de chenilles permettent de fournir à un homme de corpulence moyenne le taux journalier nécessaire en fer, et que les chenilles présentent également un excellent rapport oméga 3 / oméga 6. Ce secret, M. Hien ne pouvait le garder pour lui seul. L’idée lui vient alors de lancer son industrie agroalimentaire dont l’objectif est de l’utiliser et de le valoriser pour lutter contre la malnutrition, un de ces fléaux qui ravage encore le Burkina. 

Après donc une maîtrise en biochimie à l’Université de Ouagadougou, les découvertes que le jeune entrepreneur va faire sur les bienfaits de la chenille vont conforter son envie d’entreprendre et d’approfondir tout cela. Il s’inscrit alors à l’Institut d’Ingénierie et l’Eau 2IE à Ouagadougou pour obtenir un master en environnement. Plus tard il intégrera l’Incubateur de l’institut 2IE. Ce qui sera un bon choix puisque selon lui cela lui a permis de suivre de nombreuses formations en entrepreneuriat, toutes choses qui l’a permis de murir son projet. Après avoir vécu des aventures incroyables pendant ses 2 années à l’Institut 2iE, il intègre l’incubateur de l’école et y travaille aujourd’hui à temps plein sur FasoPro explique-t-il dans un magazine.

L’incubateur 2IE est un dispositif d’accompagnement à la création d’entreprise. Pendant deux années, l’étudiant profite d’un accompagnement intensif du point de vue technique (grâce à l’intervention d’agronomes et à la collaboration avec un centre spécialisé français pour valider la composition nutritionnelle de ses produits), du point de vue stratégique (pour penser un modèle économique performant et rédiger un Business Plan convainquant), du point de vue juridique (pour protéger ses innovations) et du point de vue financier (avec le financement de tout le travail de prototypage et l’accompagnement dans la première levée de fonds de l’entreprise). L’incubé rencontre beaucoup d’experts et apprend beaucoup. Son projet est malmené, remis en question sans cesse, questionné dans un seul but : le rendre toujours plus ambitieux.

La phase pilote de Faso-Pro a été lancé en 2014.
  • Ce, en partenariat avec des associations regroupant une centaine de femmes collectrices de chenilles, à la création d’un packaging sur-mesure, à la collaboration avec une association locale pour la location des équipements lourds. 
  • Faso-Pro signifie “Faso” comme Burkina Faso, et “Pro” comme protéines. Selon le fondateur, l’industrie produit des aliments hyper protéinés à base de chenilles de karité récoltées au Burkina, afin d’intégrer dans l’alimentation quotidienne des populations. Ceci est un moyen simple de prévenir la malnutrition. 
  • En ce qui concerne les fonds de lancement ceci a été possible grâce à la participation de M. Hien au Global Social Venture Compétition, l’unique compétition internationale de création d’entreprises sociales dédiée aux étudiants et jeunes diplômés. Cette occasion l’a permis à ce ‘il paraît de découvrir l’exigence d’une compétition internationale. La Demi-finale s’est tenue à Paris en France, puis la finale à Berkeley aux Etats-Unis. 
  • Kahitouo Hien a finalement remporté le prix du meilleur impact social en grande finale. Son projet avait donc convaincu des jurys internationaux, et il n’avait plus le droit d’arrêter confie-t-il. 
  • Faso-Pro lance son premier produit, ToumouDélice, qui sont des produits à base de chenille de karité en sachets de 500g ou 1kg de chenilles fraiches, savamment conditionnées pour être conservées pendant 18 mois, tout en préservant au mieux leurs qualités nutritionnelles. 
  • Aujourd’hui l’un des défis de Kahitouo Hien à la tête de Faso-Pro est d’attirer les investisseurs du marché de la commercialisation des insectes.
Related:
Africinnov.com is a professional network of entrepreneurship support structures in Africa, composed of a media space, a mapping of the structures, a qualified directory of incubators, information on the ecosystems.

Afric’Innov est un consortium d’acteurs initié par l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) pour professionnaliser davantage les structures d’accompagnement à l’entrepreneuriat en Afrique francophone par le renforcement des capacités et la mise en réseau.

Related:
07/11/2016. PAEPARD project on Trichoderma wins innovation prize

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Third Africa Science, Technology and Innovation Forum

10-12 February 2018. Cairo, Egypt. The theme of the third edition of the 2018 Africa STI Forum, co-organized by the African Development Bank and the Egyptian Government,  is “Enhancing the competitiveness of the African private sector and transforming Africa through science, technology and innovation” – aligns with the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and High 5 development priorities.

The Forum gives priority to innovation in five areas selected for their great potential to boost and transform the economies of the continent: climate change, nutrition, water, ICTand the pharmaceutical industry.
  • As a space for exchange and promotion of knowledge, the STI Forum allows a wide dissemination of the latest knowledge and technologies, best practices both at regional and global level, besides promoting entrepreneurship in higher education as well as in science and technology. African political leaders and other decision-makers - current and future - have the opportunity to draw together a common roadmap for scaling up science, technology and innovation for the African continent.
  • In addition to many African Ministers of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the STI Forum brings together different actors from the public and private sectors, scientists, researchers, inventors - including many young people - and cooperation partners for the development.
Egypt, the host of the third edition of the Africa STI Forum, is one of the continent’s highest-achieving countries in science and technology, particularly at the forefront of chemistry and engineering. The last edition of the forum took place in Rabat, Morocco, in 2014, two years after the first Africa STI Forum was hosted by Kenya.

In addition to the invaluable support of the Republic of Korea and ADEA) hosted by the Bank.
Japan, the Forum is supported by approximately 20 prestigious institutional and private partners, including the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (



Extract of the programme:

Parallel Session 11/02European Union- Africa Research and Innovation Partnership: Policy Framework and Funding Instruments 
Moderator: 
Prof. Hany El Shemy, Co-Chair, EU- AU High level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation
Panelists:
  • Ms. Fadila Boughanemi, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission 
  • Dr. Heba Gaber, Research and Innovation regional officer, European Union Delegation to Egypt 
  • Dr. Tarek El Arabi, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt 
  • Mrs. Gift Kadzamira, National Commission for Science and Technology, Malawi 
  • Dr. Mohhamed Salheon, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education for Strategic planning, Egypt.
Parallel Session 11/02: Food and nutrition technology: Innovative pathways to build grey matter infrastructure in Africa

Moderator: Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM
Panelists: 
  • H.E. Dr. Maria do Rosário Bragança, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Angola
    Study of traditional nutritious food is essential for our populations. It's also important to tackle the rise of non-communicable diseases like obesity.
  • Prof. Joyce Kinabo, e-Nutrition Academy and Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

    Which academical response is needed to address the nutritional problem? Not all solutions need to be hightech. In Rwanda 1 day per week is a car free day to force people to move more.
  • Prof. Hany A. El-Shemy, Minister Advisor for African Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific research, Egypt
    We want to establish a platform for international collaboration (involving Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and some European universities) and to harness and track all publications in the agricultural faculties of research which was done a field level. We created an incentive when researchers have published in ranked publications.  
  • Mr. Kahitouo Hien, Young scientist Graduate from the International Institute of Water and Environnent (2iE, Burkina Faso) and CEO, FasoProf, Burkina Faso
    Il est important d'appliquer les résultats de la recherche pour pallier aux déficits sociaux. Les chenilles de karité sont des insectes comestibles. En 2012 comme étudiant j'ai découvert que c'est l'un des insectes avec le plus protéines. (La viande du pauvre). Depuis 2015 après deux ans d'incubation nous arrivons à travailler avec 500 femmes. Nous avons 4 gammes de produits. La consommation d'insecte est une tradition dans plusieurs pays africains et dans nos sociétés. Il faut valoriser les insectes et mettre à la
    disposition de nos populations. Le but est de diversifies la gamme de produits. Et il y a des manières de le transformer pour le rendre acceptable : exemple comme comprime. Les chercheurs doivent nous aider afin qu'on puisse cultiver les insectes comestibles a grande échelle.
  • Mr. Faris Farrag, Founder of Bustan Aquaponics, Egypt
    What is the role of the private sector? The system requires a sustained source of energy: day and night. STI should resolve this. It requires a multi
    disciplinary and a multi stakeholder approach. We work with several Egyptian and international universities to realise this. There is a lot of potential for closer collaboration between research and Small and Medium Enterprises. We also work on renewable and sustainable packaging. Unfortunately the quality of agricultural engineers is rather low.
Discussant: 
Dr. Habiba Hassan-Wassef
  • Dr. Habiba Hassan-Wassef, Medical Doctor and Nutrition Expert, Egypt Discussions: Q/A from the audience 
A 2015 study published by The Lancet Global Health journal looked at the consumption of food (both healthy and unhealthy items) and nutrients in 187 countries in 1990 and then again in 2010. The aim was to determine which countries had the world’s healthiest diets. It found that none of the healthiest ten diets is in a wealthy Western nation, nor are any in Asia. Most were found in Africa, which is so often portrayed as a continent of constant famine in need of foreign know-how and advice on how to eat and to grow food. And yet, of the ten countries with the healthiest diets on earth, nine of them are African. This doesn’t mean that these countries have no food insecurity, hunger or malnutrition. But it does mean that it is time for a serious rethink on how “development” affects diets – especially among the development agencies, international institutions and donors in the (sometimes lucrative and self-serving) business of food aid or improving food security and nutrition in Africa.There is a need to better understand and document the trends in consumption to put in place agro industries. Another gap is appropriate legal frameworks. Food processing and intra food processing need to be dealt with. 
Grey matter is now crucial for the African Development Bank. It is important to train and create capacity in African food systems. If we want to report on advancing FNSSA research we have to overcome language barriers between anglophone, francophone and Portuguese (Lusophone) speaking African.
Evidence based policy: few African countries have translated research from FP7 in policy. It is important to exchange information on urgent nutritional and health hazards like the problem of aflatoxin.  
There is an interruption in trans-generational transmission of knowledge related to food. For example: young Moroccans are loosing the knowledge of the virtues of medicinal plants.We need to invest in African food traditions.   
There is a lot of progress in how to make insect food acceptableScience and technology can give a support during man made disasters and use insect food to tackle severe malnutrition.  Nutrition is hardly present in the curriculum of agricultural research scientists.  But it is encouraging to see that in Senegal the Nutrition coordination is at the level of the prime Ministers' office. 
Parallel Session 11/02 : Improving Diaspora Partnerships in higher education, research and Development: Promoting Brain Circulation Organized by AIMS

Moderator
Ms. Nathalie Munyampenda, Associate Director -Partnerships and Public Engagement, Next Einstein Forum 
Panelists
  • Dr Thomas Auf der Heyde, Deputy Director-General for Research and Development Support Department of Science and Technology, South Africa 
  • Dr. Solomon Assefa, Director of IBM Research Africa 
  • Dr. Ingrid Ursula Wüning Tschol, Vice-President for Strategy, Robert Bosch Stiftung 
  • Dr. Youssef Travaly, VP of Science, Innovation & Partnerships, Next Einstein Forum 
  • Dr. Assane Gueye, Research Professor, University Alioune Diop of Bambey and NEF Fello
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