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.
The Programme and Innovation Management Cycle (PIMC) – A Model for long-term programming activities in the scope of the AU-EU Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)
Within the institutional framework of the AU-EU High-Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), the two regions set an ambitious goal towards the establishment of stronger thematic and integrative research and innovation (R&I) partnerships, including in the area of research and innovation on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). This calls for jointly upgrading currently used methods and technologies of cooperation. To achieve this long-term partnership vision, this document proposes a flexible and inclusive model, the Programme and Innovation Management Cycle (PIMC).
The PIMC model builds on the experiences and lessons learned from different national, international and multilateral processes that are geared towards supporting Research and Innovation (R&I) and Capacity Building in Africa and Europe. As a core element of the PIMC, the Theories of Change and Impact Pathway (TCIP) approach is used as a conceptual framework to accommodate participatory and multi-stakeholder engagement for situation analysis, agenda setting and impact assessment as well as to develop long-term monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and communication strategies. The TCIP approach provides guidance on multiple levels, including project, programme and on AU-EU partnership-level. With a long-term vision, the PIMC model adds the dynamic perspective by interlinking four different phases with related functions and activities that evolve towards an overarching coordination process: Prioritisation – Investment – Valorisation – Application.
The PIMC model does not imply to replace current approaches used by individual R&I institutions in Africa and Europe for selecting priorities and designing their activities. Rather, the PIMC model may help to better synchronize and review individual mechanisms for programming and priority setting. To successfully implement the AU-EU R&I Partnership vision, the PIMC could facilitate important dialogues among different European and African partners and help solution-oriented programming of activities that are of relevance for both continents. Building on prior achievements, the PIMC model aims at enabling conditions for integrative cooperation of multiple stakeholders to deepen AU-EU R&I cooperation.