The overall concept of LEAP Agri is that these two pillars are interconnected by the final LEAP-AGRI ambition, the long term strategic partnership, in various ways:
- Implementing a joint call between European and African funders (in pillar 1) will promote a better mutual understanding and a convergence of views on the strategic priorities of common interest for both continents, thus facilitating the elaboration of a long-term joint Strategic R&I Agenda (in pillar 2)
- Results (including difficulties encountered and identified through monitoring and evaluation) of the projects selected by the joint call will also influence the definition of this Strategic R&I Agenda
- Regarding the collaboration modalities, the learnings generated by the implementation of a joint call between public research funders (pillar 1) will be complemented by the testing of other type of instruments, with other types of stakeholders (pillar 2). Together, these will form the base of portfolio of diversified instruments to be proposed to sustain the long term partnership.
- Stakeholder involvement, communication with (including consultation of) interested parties - within and beyond the LEAP AGRI partners - and liaison with the policy makers in Europe and in Africa are strong components of both pillars’ activities are these will be key factor of success for the proposed long term EU Africa partnership in the FNSSA domain.
This call will encompass the three priority areas identified by the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation EU Africa (HLPD), as being of common interest for Europe and for Africa:
- Sustainable intensification of agriculture, with for instance R&I proposals on the improvement of the production of food/fibre/biomass and of services (social, economic and environmental); reduction of the environmental impact of such production and the depletion of natural resources; Ecological intensification approaches such as conservation agriculture, integrated pest management, organic agriculture, which optimizes the use of ecosystem services to produce quality food in a competitive manner; breeding of crops and animals; nutrient management; research on institutional innovations.
- Agriculture and food systems for nutrition, with for instance R&I proposals on the reduction of waste and improvement of diets (including through development of aquaculture and coastal fisheries); solving under-nutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiency; role on diets of urban agriculture and better rural-urban linkages; understanding of consumer behaviour in relation to diets; role of regulations, education and incentives
- Expansion and Improvement of agricultural markets and trade, with for instance R&I proposals on the role of agricultural market and trade for job creation and growth, especially in rural areas; global value chains benefitting small farmers and consumers; labels and regulations.