Overview

FSNet-Africa is an ARUA-SFS flagship project. We seek to strengthen researchers' capacities to conduct food systems research and translate evidence into implementable policy solutions and practical interventions to support the SDG targets for Africa.

Early-career research fellows (no more than 10 years post-PhD) will be given the opportunity to participate in 2-year structured research fellowships. The fellowships enable research fellows to conduct context-relevant, interdisciplinary, systems analysis research to identify food systems solutions for Africa. Research is designed and implemented in partnership with relevant food systems stakeholders. The fellowships will also allow fellows to build lasting research networks and develop their skills to translate their research impactfully.

The three lead partners in the project are the University of Pretoria, the University of Leeds, and FANRPAN. The lead partners have been selected based on their specific strengths in food systems research and their current partnerships and networks with higher education and research institutions, policymakers, private sector stakeholders, and grassroots organisations. In addition to the lead partners, FSNet-Africa has nine academic partners and five FANRPAN multi-sectoral in-country node partners working across six African countries.

FSNet-Africa is a research excellence project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) under the partnership between the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).