Leap4FNSSA is a new project of Horizon 2020 with the aim to support the implementation of the Long-term EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture.
The objective of Leap4FNSSA is to establish a Europe-Africa International Research Consortium (IRC) in order to develop a sustainable structure, or ‘Platform’ for research and innovation on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). Leap4FNSSA aims to achieve this objective through three specific objectives:
- Increase the synergies and coherence between actors, research and innovation projects, initiatives and programs, through the development of institutional alliances and clusters of projects
- Develop a learning environment and a large knowledge base, including monitoring and evaluation activities, creating communication and links between different initiatives to improve STI cooperation
- Establish a long term and sustainable governance and funding mechanism for the Platform
The main activities to achieve these results are: 1.Supporting the Bureau of the AU-EU HLPD in implementing the FNSSA Roadmap; 2. Creating strategic alliances of actors committed to align their R&I activities to the FNSSA Roadmap, improving the coherence between the various projects, programs, and policies, and setting up sustainable joint funding mechanisms; 3. Strengthening the knowledge base to increase the efficiency of the AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on FNSSA, by developing new instruments for data analysis, supporting existing knowledge networks, and enhancing capacities for data management and communication; 4. Facilitating within the relevant FNSSA research and innovation networks, the dissemination of information already existing or generated by the CSA project and the partners.
Having a significant experience in designing and providing Innovation Support Services,KiNNO Consultants LTD.will take part in Leap4FNSSA and contribute to the implementation of EU-AU Consortium. KiNNO will participate in two crucial activities in the project. Firstly, KiNNO will involve and mobilize partners, funds & resources for research & action and support the implementation of R&I in order to support the dialogues for action towards joint R&I agendas in FNSSA. Secondly, KiNNO will support the analysis of science-based recommendations in practice and will identify and foster rural Knowledge, Communication & Innovation Hubs (KCIH) to improve the FNSSA Systems and distribute to the special objective of the project.
Partnership: CIRAD Agricultural Research for Development (France) as Coordinator; ARC Agricultural Research Council (South Africa); ASARECA Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (Uganda); AU/AOSTI African Union The African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (Ethiopia); CGIAR/IITA The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (Nigeria); CSIR-STEPRI Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (Ghana); DST Department of Science and Technology (South Africa); FARA Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (Ghana); FONRID National Fund for Research and Innovation in development (Burkina Faso); KEF Knowledge Economy Foundation (Egypt); MESRI Ministry of High Education; Research and Innovation (Senegal); MHESR Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Egypt); MOEST Ministry of Education Science and Technology (Kenya); NASAC Network of African Science Academies (Kenya); NRF National Research Foundation (South Africa); RUFORUM Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (Uganda); ACU Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom); ANR National Research Agency (France); BLE Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Germany); BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Centre for Development Research (Austria); CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (Italy); CULS Czech University of Life Science Prague (Czech Republic); DLR German Aerospace Center (Germany); FCT Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal); GAKK Go Africa (Germany); INIA National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (Spain); JYU/UniPID University of Jyväskylä Partnership for International Development (Finland); KiNNO Knowledge & Innovation Intermediaries (Greece); LUKE Natural Resources Institute (Finland); NRI Natural Resources Institute - University of Greenwich (United Kingdom); SIU Szent István University (Hungary); SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden); UCPH University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science (Denmark); UHOH University of Hohenheim (Germany); WR Wageningen Research (The Netherlands).