The Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) mangement organized a 10day write-shop in order to train professionals. This came about as a result of the May 2016 African Union Commission launch of the Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for Research and Innovation proposals in Africa.
The first write-shop took place in East and Southern Africa: Entebbe, Uganda between 11th and 15th July 2016 and in West-Africa at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Secretariat, Accra Ghana between the 18th and 22nd July, 2016.
Its main objective is to convene partners to develop proposals to be submitted to the African Union call (2016) with the facilitation of Mr. Gerard den Ouden, a consultant who facilitated the 2012 African Union call and has extensive knowledge of the AU call. At least 20 proposals are expected to be developed during the two write-shops and submitted to the African Union.
Presentations on the call by the consultant (facilitator) and presentations of topics by participants will be followed by open discussions at each step of proposal development. Among contributors for the successful write-shops are the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA).
The impact of this activity is the improvement of the capacity of participants to respond to the African Union call. However, in the long term, if some proposals are awarded funding by the African Union and is well implemented, it will result in livelihoods improvement.
PAEPARD is an eight-year project majorly sponsored by the European Commission and coordinated by FARA. It aims at building joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in agricultural research for development (ARD) contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) now Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) since September 2015.
PAEPARD has been achieving its objective with the help of its partners like AGRINATURA, an alliance of ARD institutions in Europe, COLEACP (representing the private sector), CSA (representing the NGOs) and ICRA, specialized in capacity building in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD).
Other partners include the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), based in Wageningen, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) based in Pretoria,RUFORUM based in Kampala, Uganda and the Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) via its members viz: the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) based in Nairobi, the Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA) based in Ouagadougou and the Plate-forme Régionale des Organisations Paysannes de l’Afrique Centrale (PROPAC) based in Yaoundé. Among
The Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme is supported by the European Union and the closing date for applications is 17th August, 2016. More information on the African Union call, can be seen on the AURG website.