The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

EU-Africa Food Systems workshop

23-24 January 2016. Brussels. European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. A workshop was held on future research and innovation needs on agricultural systems and nutrition in Africa. The workshop covered the second pillar of the Roadmap for Food and Nutrition security and Sustainable Agriculture with topics such as:

  1. Agricultural systems and nutrition, what are research and innovation needs for farming systems to deliver better on nutrition?
  2. Innovations in African speciality food with high nutritional value to supply local urban markets and global markets.
  3. Research and Innovation for plant based protein food?
  4. How to reduce food waste along the post-harvest – consumer chain in Africa? Scope for technological and social innovation? Is there a role for bio-based packaging?
  5. Food Safety – Mycotoxins, including aflatoxin – challenges for research and innovation.

The presentations on ‘Food Systems Approach’ – in Africa focused on research and innovation questions and priorities which were identified before the workshop, starting with an insight into the different viewpoints of scientific disciplines and stakeholders to food systems:

  • Agricultural systems and nutrition, what are research and innovation needs for farming systems to deliver better on nutrition? 
  • Hidden Hunger – Malnutrition and the first 1000 days of life – food based research and innovation needs 
  • A Food System Approach for Africa – research and innovation needs

Pillar 2 of the Roadmap – Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, focused on:

  • Research and Innovation needs for improved food value chains for local urban markets and global markets 
  • Research and Innovation for plant based proteins? 
  • How to reduce food waste along the post-harvest – consumer chain in Africa? Scope for technological and social innovation? Is there a role for bio-based packaging? – 
  • Food Safety – Mycotoxins, including aflatoxin – challenges for research and innovation – Approaches to Innovation
Extract of the programme:


Source: PAEPARD FEED

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