The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

Agrinatura’s Experience and Projects

AGRINATURA’s members have been involved in a large number of projects over the last years, collaborating with research partners and stakeholders in the South, with organizations of producers, or developing global partnerships jointly with European and non-european institutions in ARD.
AGRINATURA has organized the assessment of global programmes, including a large number of expert missions held in parallel such as the monitoring of CGIAR EU funded projects.
AGRINATURA member universities have developed and implemented number of integrated study programmes aiming on education and research in sustainable agricultural development, food security and management of natural resources, aiming towards tropics and developing countries.


Examples of projects and collaboration


Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D)

This 4 years project is implemented by Agrinatura and funded by DG DEVCO at European Commission, and started in September 2016. It will facilitate the performance of 30 VCAs in developing countries and commodities decided by DG DEVCO, plus a number of updates of the analysis. The VCA will provide an evidence-based assessment of the VC’s operation and its impact on the main economic, social and environmental dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development.

Platform for African-European Partnerships for Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD)

PAEPARD is an 8-year project funded by the European Commission (DG-Devco) and an own contribution of its 9 members. It is managed by FARA for Africa and co-managed by AGRINATURA EEIG on behalf of EFARD for Europe. The extension of its second phase is concentrated on the implementation of four innovative instruments dedicated to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships in ARD, to stimulate consortia and make them able to submit proposals and target funding opportunities. Users’ Led Processes (ULPs), Incentive Funds (IF), Competitive Research Funds (CRF) and an Advocacy and Communication Strategy (A&C-S) have been implemented since 2014 until end of 2017 in a demand driven approach. Our five ULPs shall identify needs and priorities of small scale producers and industries, and convert them into research questions. IF help (our 19) consortia adapt concept notes to funding opportunities or lobbying potential donors. CRF help identify constrains and weaknesses for sustainable multi-stakeholder partnership through 4 pilot studies, and filling these gaps with training, communication and facilitation tools provided by A&C-S.

Farm Risk Management for Africa (FARMAF)

The overall objective of the project: “Accessible systems to manage risks in family agriculture in Africa”, now called Farm Risk Management for Africa, or FARMAF, is to improve household food security and the livelihoods of the rural poor. This objective is to be achieved through enhancing access to and use of effective farm risk management tools (systems, institutions and infrastructure) by smallholder farmers in Africa.

It is expected that, by using these tools, smallholder farmers will be able to reduce their exposure to downward shocks, improve access to credit and, therefore, their capacity to invest in yield-enhancing technology. The tools will also strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers to better manage marketing of their agricultural production.

The project is jointly funded by the European Commission (EC) and AGRINATURA-EEIG, being implemented in Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Zambia, with the aim that lessons learned may be transferable to other Sub-Saharan African countries.


Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS)

Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems, or CDAIS, is a global partnership ensuring that future agricultural innovation systems are better able to meet the demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers. CDAIS, currently operating in eight pilot countries, is supported by the European Union and is implemented by AGRINATURA-EEIG and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The CDAIS partnership is working to identify the different players and the best ways to implement capacity development in each pilot country. Together with relevant government agencies, the vision will be developed and planned for action. This will be accompanied by policy dialogues, a marketplace as well as capacity development interventions for selected agricultural innovation partnerships and value chains.

By the end of the project, the partnership will show how improving capacity in agricultural innovation systems can have significant impacts in the fight against rural poverty. Coupled with the efforts of national stakeholders and experts, the CDAIS partnership will help to ensure that future agricultural innovation systems are better able to improve the livelihoods of farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs and consumers across the world.


National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN)

AGRINATURA has been entrusted by the EC to run global support facility in charge of fostering the implementation of NIPN in pilot countries. The aim of the initiative is to fight malnutrition by assisting countries to strengthen their capacity in the use of existing national nutrition information, enabling them to make informed decisions about nutrition actions.

The National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) initiative is part of an ambitious programme launched by the European Commission (EC) to fight malnutrition in the developing countries affected by this burden, with the objective of contributing to the global reduction in the incidence of stunting in alignment with target set for 2025 by the World Health Assembly and in support of the commitments of the EU Nutrition Action Plan