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

Project identifier 31-LEAP-AGRI
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2016-12-01
End date 2021-11-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Cross-cutting issues: Engagement between African and European R&I communities
  • Cross-cutting issues: Coordination between European and African FNSSA R&I projects
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Research Institute for Development (IRD)
  • Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD)
  • Ministere de l'enseignement superieur et de la recherche scientifique
  • International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
  • Federaal fonds voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek (FFWO)
  • Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo)
  • Fonds national de la recherche et de l'innovation pour le developpement (FONRID)
  • Cameroon Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation (MINRESI)
  • Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Academy of Finland
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
  • Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
  • Ghana Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST)
  • The Research Council of Norway
  • Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT)
  • Ministère de la recherche scientifique
  • Ministry of Business and Economy
  • National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA)
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate
  • Dutch Research Council (NWO)
  • Wageningen Research
  • Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
  • Uganda National Council for Science & Technology (UNCST)
  • Project Web Site https://www.leap-agri.com/


    Short description

    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 fulfil 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) mechanisms 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 and Innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture” in all aspect.
    Building on earlier experiences such as ERAfrica, PRO-IntensAfrica 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.