Egypt: workshop on African-European partnership for research and innovation on food security
October 28, 2019
On the occasion of the 10th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security held in Egypt, Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, and Dr. Ezz El Din Abu Steit, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation opened a workshop organised by the EU-funded project LEAP4FNSSA.
Entitled “Building Research and Innovation Collaborations within the frame of the African-European Partnership and the Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) Road Map”, the workshop aims to launching a public private alliance of partners between Europe and North Africa to develop joint research and innovation projects on FNSSA, to enable the emergence of synergies and the optimization of funding and investments, while establishing the linkages between all relevant public and private players in the region.
“The EU and Africa have a long-standing partnership. We are strongly engaged with the African Union (AU) at continental level, as well as with every single African country bilaterally, including Egypt. The current cooperation between Africa and Europe on agriculture and food security is substantial. We supported the EU-Africa R&I partnership on FNSSA, with a budget of €90 million earmarked in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020” stated Ivan Surkoš, Ambassador of the EU to Egypt.
LEAP4FNSSA is a Horizon 2020 funded project with an EU contribution of 5 million EUR. The LEAP4FNSSA project aims at facilitating the cooperation between public and private players together with funders, and, provides a joint platform opened to all European and African institutions ready to engage in a sustainable partnership for research and innovation on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA).