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LEAP-Agri short presentation

 
LEAP-Agri is a joint Europe Africa Research and Innovation (R&I) initiative related to Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). 
30 partners, including 24 Ministries and Funding Agencies (Group of Funders) from 18 European and African countries decide to join their forces and funding to build an ERA-Net Cofund project with a financial support of the European Commission.  
The project has two pillars, (i) funding R&I projects on FNSSA, and (ii) Feeding the long-term EU- AU partnership on FNSSA. The project start on 1st December 2016 for a 5 years duration. 
All 24 funding agencies defined the call for R&I projects priorities. The Call for R&I proposal on FNSSA has been launched on 15 March 2017 and 200 pre-proposals have been submitted. Based on an Independent Review Panel (IRP) () evaluation and ranking of the proposals, and in relation to the 24 Funding agencies possibilities, 27 projects were selected for funding by the Group of Funders.  
A total budget of 22,7 million € has been dedicated to the funding of the projects. The European Commission contribution (33% of the total budget) will be allocated to the funding agencies (on behalf French ANR, LEAP-Agri coordinator) so that they could fulfill their commitments related to the teams in the 27 selected projects.
 
The LEAP-Agri funded projects
 
The 27 projects involve 250 African and European teams from 20 countries, and they cover a large range of thematic related to the Food system, as indicated in Annex 1. 
Each project involves at least two teams from African countries and two teams from European countries. Some project have much more participating teams including associated partners. 
Each national team in all 27 projects is funded by its national funding agency. Some European funding agency decide to contribute to fund of African teams.  
Projects started their activities on 1st September 2018, for a 36 months duration. Variability exists between projects and teams related to their start in relation to funding contracts preparation and signature.

LEAP-Agri - List of projects selected for funding

 

ID

Acronym

Project Title

Indicative list of countries Involved

 

 

 

 

57

WAGRINNOVA

Co-innovations across scales to enhance sustainable intensification, resilience, and food and nutritional security in water-managed agricultural systems in West Africa

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain

65

MUSBCEA PROJECT

Multi-sectoral strategy for brucellosis control in Eastern Africa

Germany, Kenya, Spain, Uganda

77

PASUSI

Participatory Pathways to Sustainable Intensification. Innovation platforms to integrate leguminous crops and inoculants into small-scale agriculture and local value chains

Finland, Ghana, Norway, Uganda

99

Pest-free fruit

Sustainable intensification of fruit production systemes through innovative pest biocontrol technologies

Belgium, Finland, France, Kenya, Senegal

114

EaTSANE

Education and Training for Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition in East Africa

Germany, Kenya, Netherlands, Uganda

127

SPEAR

Empowering small-scale farmers (SPEAR): towards the SDGs through participative, innovative and sustainable livestock and poultry value chains (LPVC)

Ghana, Kenya, Norway, Senegal, Spain

146

Project AFRICA

On-site air-to-fertilizer mini-plants relegated by sensor-based ICT technology to foster African agriculture

Germany, Ghana, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Uganda

159

STEP-UP

Sustainable Transition to Entrepreneurial Production in Agriculture through Upgrading

Germany, Kenya, Netherlands, Uganda

168

VITAPALM

Improving nutritional quality and stability of palm oil produced by African smallholders to fulfil African consumers' needs

Cameroon, France, Germany, Ghana

208

AFRICA-MILK

Promote ecological intensification and inclusive value chains for sustainable African milk sourcing

Burkina Faso, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Netherlands, Senegal

215

RAMSESII

Roles of Agroforestry in sustainable intensification of small farMs and food SEcurity for SocIetIes in West Africa

Burkina Faso, France, Netherlands, Senegal

220

MeTVAC

Ecosmart Alternative Control Strategies against T. annulata and its Tick Vectors

Algeria, Egypt, Portugal, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

222

LEARN

Long term Europe-Africa Research Network

Cameroon, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa

229

CLISMABAN

Phenotyping the banana biodiversity to identify climate smart varieties with optimal market potential in Africa and Europe

Belgium, Kenya, Spain, Uganda

259

NOURICITY

Partnerships for Healthy Diets and Nutrition in Urban African Food Systems – evidence and strategies

Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Germany, The Netherlands

271

UniCARSSA

University-based Community Action Research for Increasing viability of cereal-legume value chains towards improved nutrition and livelihoods in sub-Sahara Africa

Kenya, Netherlands, Portugal, Uganda

273

SERVInnov

Strengthening innovation support SERVices to enhance INNOVations for sustainable food production, ensuring well-being of rural populations and reducing environmental degradation and resource depletion

Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Germany, Madagascar

281

Food4Cities

Exploring food system transformations in rapidly changing African cities

Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Uganda

282

SmallFishFood

Small Fish and Food Security: Towards innovative integration of fish in African food systems to improve nutrition

Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Uganda

288

CASSANDRA

CASsava Sustainable Advancement & Nurturing by discovery of Disease Resistance Alleles

Belgium, France, Kenya, South Africa

326

OPTIBOV

Genetic characterization of cattle populations for optimized performance in African ecosystems

Egypt, Finland, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Uganda

345

MuVHA

Multivalent inactivated vaccine against heartwater in Africa

Benin, Burkina Faso, France, Niger, Portugal, South Africa

350

ATMA4FS

Agricultural Trade and Market Access for Food Security: Micro- and Macro-level Insights for Africa

Belgium, Germany, Ghana, Netherlands, Senegal, South Africa

360

Ento-Economy

Enhancing food and nutrition security through promotion of edible insects value chain in Eastern Africa

Belgium, Germany, Kenya, Uganda

400

NUTRIFOODS

Innovative approaches to value-addition and commercialization of climate smart crops for enhanced food security and nutrition in Africa and beyond.

Finland, Kenya, Netherlands, South Africa, Uganda

465

SESASA

A Social-Ecological System Approach towards a Sustainable Intensification of Agricultural Production in Sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso, France, Germany, Ghana

483

MycoSafe-South

European–African partnership for safe and efficient use of mycotoxin-mitigation strategies in sub-Saharan Africa

Austria, Belgium, Ethiopia, Kenya, Norway, South Africa, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland






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