FARA Takes On The Coordination Of The Long-Term Eu-Au Partnership For Food And Nutrition Security For Sustainable Agriculture.





The Long-term AU-EU Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security for Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP4FNSSA) is a four-year (November 2018 to October 2022) project financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. The objective of this project is to create an institutional arrangement for African and European institutions to engage in Sustainable Partnerships for research and innovation on Food and Nutrition Security, and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). For more about the LEAP4FNSSA please click here.

From its inception up to the end July 2021, the LEAP4FNSSA project was very ably coordinated by the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement – CIRAD).  In July 2021, the LEAP4FNSSA General Assembly endorsed the Forum for Agricultural Research (FARA) to serve as coordinator for the remainder of the project period, i.e. up to October 2022.  FARA wishes to register her deep appreciation to members of the LEAP4FNSSA General Assembly for entrusting FARA with the responsibility of coordinating the project. This is an important milestone because FARA becomes the first African institution to share in the coordination of an EU Horizon 2020 project. The sharing of the coordination role by European and African institutions exemplifies the bi-continental character of the LEAP4FNSSA project. In performing her coordination role, FARA is counting on the support and commitment of all LEAP4FNSSA consortium partners to ensure achievement of the project’s purpose.

On behalf of the LEAP4FNSSA consortium FARA wishes to use this opportunity to applaud CIRAD for the outstanding leadership it exhibited in advancing the project through its inception and in coordinating its implementation up to July 2021.  After handing over the coordination role, CIRAD continues to play key roles in the project.

Upon being mandated to coordinate the LEAP4FNNSA project, FARA appointed Dr. Irene Annor-Frempong to serve as the project’s Coordinator.

Dr. Annor-Frempong possesses very strong technical and leadership qualities in the agricultural research and development domain.  A Ghanaian by birth, Dr. Annor-Frempong holds a PhD from the Veterinary School, University of Bristol, UK; MSc in Animal Production Science from Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands; BSc. (Hons) Agriculture and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Dr Annor-Frempong is currently, a Commissioner of the CGIAR Commission on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (CoSAI). She was the immediate past Director of Research and Innovation and the former Director of Capacity Strengthening at FARA. She previously served as the Head of Department of Animal Science at the University of Cape Coast. At FARA, she led the strategic orientation of Research and Innovation and the Capacity Development Support Function from 2008 to 2020. In her role as the Director of Research and Innovation, she led the development and coordination of continent-wide programs including the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa—a continental framework for improving the application of science towards achievement of Africa agriculture development targets. The Science Agenda was ratified by African Heads of State and Government in 2014. She advanced the ‘Research and Innovation Partnership’ between the Africa Union and the European Union through, among others, the leadership of the Platform for Africa-Europe Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), and participation in the LEAP4FNSSA, the AU-EU High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on FNSSA working Group and  the EU’s Development-smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) project implemented by FARA and the sub regional agriculture research organisations (ASARECA, CCARDESA and CORAF) and AFAAS.

FARA looks forward to a successful coordination tenure of the LEAP4FNNSSA project, characterised by the deepening of the Africa-Europe partnership on research and innovation for improving FNSSA.

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