“PAEPARD has significantly contributed to enhanced, more equitable, demand-driven and mutually beneficial collaboration between Africa and Europe for agricultural research for development with the aim of attaining the Millennium Development Goals”
Representatives from all partner institutions involved in the PAEPARD Project gathered in Cotonou, Benin for a Reflection Workshop from 2–6 October 2017. The workshop aimed to reflect on PAEPARD multi-stakeholder partnership processes with emphasis on the User-Led Processes and draw lessons learnt, and on the way forward to ensure sustainability of the achievements realised over the last 7 years of extensive collaboration. The workshop was organized by the Sojagnon Consortium which brings together, like all the other consortia and Farmer-Based Organisations under PAEPARD, various stakeholders including practitioners, universities/academia and civil society. The workshop attracted a total of 95 participants from a wide range of PAEPARD partners and stakeholders. Mr Amadou Barassounon Ali, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, representing the Minister, presided over the opening ceremony. Discussions during the workshop revealed that PAEPARD has significantly contributed to enhanced, more equitable, demand-driven and mutually beneficial collaboration between Africa and Europe for agricultural research for development. The Farmer-Based Organizations are now more equipped to engage with researchers and research institutes. Further, the reflection Workshop appreciated the importance of mobilizing and building capacity of consortia to develop Research for Development proposals through the execution of the ‘Capacities’ Work Package.
The Platform for African European Partnership for Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD) is an eight-year project that was launched in 2009 initially for three years before an extension of one year and another of four years was granted. It is supported by the European Union and aims at building joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in agricultural research for development by contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals -now Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is engaged in PAEPARD as leader for Work Package Capacities. The co-leader for Work Package Capacities is the International Centre for Development Oriented Research (ICRA).
For more information about the PAEPARD Project visit: www.paepard.org