A long term EU-Africa research and innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture

Basic Information


The objective of LEAP-AGRI is to fulfil the ambition of the Europe Africa dialogue in Science and Technology (the HLPD) to
launch a joint flagship initiative on its chosen priority area: Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA).
This partnership will increase investments in research and innovation through coordinated bi-regional (EU/Africa)
mechanisms aimed at reducing fragmentation. These mechanisms will be based on two complementary approaches:
- The preparation and implementation of a joint call for proposals for collaborative R&I projects between European and
African partners which will contribute to the coordination and increase of joint activities between R&I institutions, and their
programmes across European Union Member States (and Associated countries) and African countries. It will pool the
financial resources from 22 countries for a total of over €28 M, including EC participation;
- The identification and test of innovative instruments for alignment and collaboration in research, innovation, capacity
strengthening and infrastructure development, especially targeting the implication - together with the national research
agencies - of foundations, development agencies, private sector, and civil-society organizations. In consultation with the
relevant stakeholder communities, including European and African governments, a joint Strategic Research and Innovation
Agenda in the FNSSA domain will be defined.
In these objectives, LEAP-AGRI aligns with the scope and expected impacts of the Horizon 2020 Challenge 2/ SFS 41
2016-2017 topic “EU-Africa Research and Innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture”
in all aspect.
Building on earlier experiences such as ERAfrica, PRO-IntensAfrica and ERA-ARD, LEAP-AGRI will be guided by strong
partnership principles such as equitability, shared governance and long-term commitment to the partnership by organisations
who have relationships of trust for many years.

H2020 Societal Challenges

H2020-SC2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy)

Research fields covered by the network

  • Environment
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
Joint Transnational Research Call of LEAP-AGRI two-stages 15/03/2017 15/06/2017 01/11/2017