The EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) Bureau Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) Working Group held its Kick-Off meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15-16th March 2017. Programme and presentations can be found here.
At the third meeting of the High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) in April 2016 in Addis Ababa, senior officials adopted the Roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). The Roadmap outlines an implementation pathway as well as priorities for a joint developed research agenda, and was developed in the context of the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy (JAES) decided in 2007. These themes focus on: sustainable intensification, agriculture and food systems for nutrition, and expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade. Cross-cutting issues are also considered.
Emerging from discussions with stakeholders, the Working Group was established by the HLPD Bureau to provide oversight over the implementation of the Partnership on FNSSA. In particular, the need for greater coordination between the different instruments, partners, and projects implementing the Roadmap was highlighted during discussions. Included in this coordination is the need for monitoring and evaluating (M&E) the implementation of the Roadmap. In the beginning, the Working Group will focus its activities on M&E.
The Kick-Off meeting in March 2017 was organized alongside a cluster of meetings on the FNSSA theme taking place in Addis Ababa to initiate the Working Group’s activities. The meeting brought together the members of the Working Group and external experts with the aim of developing a report to be presented to the next plenary meeting of the senior officials of the EU-Africa HLPD (October 2017, tbc) and the Africa-EU Summit in November 2017.
Broadly, the Working Group agreed on an initial set of principles for undertaking monitoring and evaluation of past and present initiatives in support of the Partnership. A first task will be to create a lightweight framework for these initiatives to self-evaluate and report their contribution to the Partnership. The Working Group aims to produce a first report for the HLPD for their next meeting in October 2017.