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North-South partnership in research and education for the transformation of food systems

Our food systems face severe and urgent challenges that cannot be solved with the solutions of the past. The complex problems of agricultural production, environmental degradation, and health problems under changing climatic conditions need a systemic approach of research and practice. The urgency also calls for closer cooperation in the way forward. 

The Momentum for change is now!  

This InfoPoint conference co-organized between the European Commission and Agrinatura will show perspective on the role of research and education to contribute to the green transformation of food systems, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and in line with the European Green Deal. Agrinatura has a longstanding partnership with universities and research organizations in Africa.

Together we experienced the power of working together and aligning our goals. In this event, Research and Education partners in Europe and Africa will reflect with colleagues of the European Commission on the contribution of Research and Education to transform the Food Systems and showcasing the need and efficiency of international cooperation and partnership. 

Agrinatura has prepared two papers for discussion Agrinatura’s position on the future of global food systems in relation the EC’s Farm to Fork Strategy and Agrinatura Position on Research and Innovation in Food Systems, a contribution to the dialogues preparing the UN Food Systems Summit

During the InfoPoint, Agrinatura will present their perspectives on the role of research and education to contribute to the green transformation of food systems, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and in line with the European Green Deal. 

Agrinatura will present two papers on lessons learnt and recommendations on the F2F and Food Systems, showcasing the need and efficiency of international cooperation and partnership in the field of agricultural research for development and for a green transformation. RUFORUM will provide evidence on the strong role that Universities in Africa can have in the transformation of food systems on the continent. The LEAP4FNSSA (Long-term Europe-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture) project, represented by FARA, will explain the benefits and results of their platform for a close long-term collaboration between different stakeholders of Europe and Africa in the field of research and innovation. 

Policymakers from DG INTPA and DG AGRI will be invited to comment and complement on the global engagement of the EU toward a Global Green Deal and the links to sustainable food systems, and on the role that research and education are called to play in it.  

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