Platform for African–European Partnerships for Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD)The FARA Secretariat, EFARD, NATURA and the European Commission have recognised that they could have more impact if they aligned their research institutions with African priorities and agendas. PAEPARD is a sustained partnership that mobilises resources for priority projects that combine African and European institutional and financial resources for mutually advantageous projects. Potential collaborations include RAILS and BASIC, where European expertise would be most valuable.
PAEPARD seeks to strengthen African ARD stakeholders’ capacity to participate in European-led development initiatives for Africa and to create more responsive development programs for Africa. Its specific objectives are:
The Africa–Europe agricultural research collaboration mechanism will be based on existing frameworks such as the EU strategy for Africa and NEPAD’s CAADP. It facilitates the implementation of approaches that increase value addition between EFARD and FARA programs.
Exit StrategyPAEPARD’s added value is creating inter-regional linkages and facilitating multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional partnerships. It will function as long as there is a call from FARA’s stakeholders for interventions to strengthen their partnership with Europe.