A long term EU-Africa research and innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (LEAP-AGRI)

Research summary

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 objective of LEAP-AGRI is to fulfill the ambition of the Europe Africa dialogue in Science and Technology (the HLPD) to launch a joint flagship initiative on its chosen priority area: Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). This partnership will increase investments in research and innovation through coordinated bi-regional (EU/Africa) mechanism aimed at reducing fragmentation.

These mechanisms will be based on two complementary approaches:
- The preparation and implementation of a joint call for proposals for collaborative R&I projects between European and African partners which will contribute to the coordination and increase of joint activities between R&I institutions, and their programmes across European Union Member States (and Associated countries) and African countries. It will pool the financial resources from 22 countries for a total of over �28 M, including EC participation;
- The identification and test of innovative instruments for alignment and collaboration in research, innovation, capacity strengthening and infrastructure development, especially targeting the implication - together with the national research agencies - of foundations, development agencies, private sector, and civil-society organizations. In consultation with the relevant stakeholder communities, including European and African governments, a joint Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in the FNSSA domain will be defined.

In these objectives, LEAP-AGRI aligns with the scope and expected impacts of the Horizon 2020 Challenge 2/SFS 41 2016-2017 topic "EU-Africa Research Innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture" in all aspect. Building on earlier experiences such as ERAfrica, PRO-Intens Africa and ERA-ARD, LEAP-AGRI will be guided by strong partnership principles such as equitability, shared governance and long-term commitment to the partnership by organisations who have relationships of trust for many years.

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Research title
A long term EU-Africa research and innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (LEAP-AGRI)

Research timeline
1.5.2017 - 1.11.2000

Europe-Africa Dialogue on Science and Technology Europe-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) Food and Nutrition security Research and Innovation Initiative Sustainable Agriculture


Algeria, Belgium, Cameroon, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Uganda

University of Jyväskylä
Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Jyväskylä, Finland

Funding instrument
Academy of Finland, European Union Funding

Head of research
Melissa Plath

Research team
Melissa Plath

Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana; Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Egypt; Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR; Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, IRD; Centre de cooperation internationale en recherche agronomique pour le developpement, CIRAD; Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Kenya; Ministere enseignement superieur et de la recherche, Senegal; National Research Foundation, South Africa; Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Uganda.

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Melissa Plath
+358 40 024 8075
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