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Our Work

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.

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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.

Strengthening the national capacity building systems in agriculture in the developing countries is a key milestone to address the challenges of food security, sustainable use of natural resources and poverty reduction in the rural areas of the world. AGRINATURA’S actions in the field of education are two-fold:

Develop an integrated offer of capacity building in Europe in agriculture for development and integrated management of natural resources;

Support and strengthen the capacities to build capacities in the South, through various partnerships and projects.

In addition to responding to calls from different donors, preparing project proposals, and implementing R&D, AGRINATURA has identified seven thematic priority areas in which they wish to play a proactive role in Europe’s contribution to the international agenda on research and education for development: Access to markets: “From fork to farm”, Biosafety in developing countries, Desertification, Emerging diseases, Forestry, Horticulture, Risk management for family agriculture.

Examples of ongoing and past projects

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The PISAI Project is co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme with the main objective to offer Double Degree Master Program by 4 Thai Partner Universities (KU, PSU, CMU and KKU) with the unique 4 modules co-arranged with European Partners (Montpellier SupAgro in France, UCPH in Denmark, CULS in Prague and UHEL in Finland).
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The Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) is a joint degree funded by the European Commission’s ERASMUS+ Capacity Building for Higher Education and offered by five members of the University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC); these are Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the Philippines, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), both in Indonesia. The ERASMUS+ funding provides excellent students in the MS FSCC a chance to spend one semester in a partner university in Europe to take courses for credit, or conduct thesis research, or do both.
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Project SIMPLE, in association with Agrinatura, seeks to encourage cooperation of academic sector (Higher Education Institutions/HEIs) with professional sector in the area of agriculture and life sciences in selected Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand), leading to an enhanced employability of those universities’ alumni. The objectives of this project are to support networking and providing link among graduates and employers by establishing Alumni Centres and Platforms for Cooperation with Professional Sector, to improve curriculum of study programs at HEIs in selected Asian universities by introducing compulsory internships leading to more practical knowledge and better skills of the alumni, and to enhance soft skill of Asian students.
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Agris Mundus is a top-level master training in agricultural development and sustainable management of natural resources. It is oriented towards tropical and third-world countries, where agriculture and food are a major component of the sustainable development challenge, while also relevant for action in the industrialized countries. The main objective of this program is for graduate students to be able to cope with the current global/international concerns in agriculture and rural development, theoretically and practically. For ten years (2005-2015), the European Union supported the Agris Mundus MSc with a number of scholarships from the Erasmus Mundus Program. Although the support is now over, the program still continues, in which candidates are encouraged to apply for academic admission while also looking for scholarship by themselves. The Agris Mundus MSc is initiated by Agrinatura, which brings together the best European universities which share a common interest to development of developing countries. The whole course is coordinated by Montpellier SupAgro. is a two-year training programme of 120 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) in agricultural development and management of natural resources. The ambition of the Agris Mundus Masters course is to provide experts who can fulfil positions in the numerous national and international organisations in charge of agricultural and rural development in the developing countries. Training objectives cope with the current international and global concerns in agricultural development. Graduates are qualified to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the development of crop, forest and animal production, the management of research and rural development projects and finally, the sustainable use of natural resources and the environment. They are trained to formulate and provide effective and appropriate responses to complex agriculture and natural resources related issues.
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Master ACT is a top-level post graduate training in agriculture development and management of natural resources. It is carried by a team of professionals of agriculture, environment, climate, economics who share a common vision. Master ACT prepares awardees to handle various functions on research, training, support to agricultural development and design and evaluation of agricultural policies in a context of climate change. All professions targeted address more or less directly the need of change in agricultural systems, either to adapt to changing climatic conditions or to reduce the impact of the activity on the release of greenhouse gas or to contribute to carbon sequestration in biomass or in the soils. Agrinatura has played a major role in initiating the preparation for Master ACT and continues to lead in coordinating and managing the joint activities of the ACT MSc, especially for the cooperation with third-world countries. Master ACT is an integrated MSc, leading to a joint degree: European Master of Sciences Agriculture, Climate change, Transitions. Master ACT focuses on the interactions between agriculture and climate change, while aiming at achieving food security and sustainable development. It is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System), oriented towards the tropics and developing countries. Studen study one year in one European University, the second year in another country (Course framework) and get joint degree at the end. Master ACT prepares to handle various functions in research, training, support to agricultural development and design and evaluation of agricultural policies in a context of climate change.
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VCA4D performs value chain analyses (VCAs) across a range of agricultural commodities and countries in order to appraise their contribution to growth and job creation, taking into account the sustainability and inclusiveness of these value chains (VC). This 4-year 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.