We are excited to invite you to the FSNet-Africa Stakeholder Engagement Dialogue – the close-out event for the FSNet-Africa Project. The Stakeholder Engagement Dialogue on African Food Systems represents the culmination of rigorous research and collaborative efforts. It provides a platform for 19 research fellows, in conjunction with their mentors, to present their transdisciplinary research projects. These projects delve into critical aspects of African food systems, ranging from sustainability and resilience to indigenous crops and production techniques. The event also provides a platform for engagement between various stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, non-profit organisations, farmers, and civil society representatives, to discuss the critical challenges that face African food systems and the research that has and needs to be done to address these challenges.
Dates: Monday 16 October 2023 – Wednesday 18 October 2023
Time: 09h00-17h30 (SAST)
Register to attend online: https://bit.ly/46bHF8z
The programme for the FSNet-Africa Stakeholder Engagement Dialogue is outlined below. Click on each session for more details.
Monday 16 October 2023
|09h00 – 13h00 (SAST)||Opening session|
|14h00 – 17h00 (SAST)||Theme 1: Governing African food systems (Leaving no one behind)|
Tuesday 17 October 2023
|09h00 – 13h00 (SAST)||Theme 2: Economic transformation of the African food system|
|14h00 – 17h00 (SAST)||Theme 3: Indigenous and underutilised crop species in the African food system|
Wednesday 18 October 2023
|09h00 – 13h00 (SAST)||Theme 4: Climate smart and sustainable African food systems|
|14h00 – 17h30 (SAST)||Theme 5: One health – soil, human, animal health|
About the fellowship:
We have 19 fellows from 10 academic partner institutions in 6 countries in Africa.
Each fellow is paired with two mentors – one from the University of Leeds and one from an African institution – to form research triads. Each research triad is carefully put together to ensure it forms an interdisciplinary research team to work together on a research project related to the African food system.
Through the extensive networks of our partner, FANRPAN, triads are linked to in-country stakeholders in the food system who can support the design and implementation of their research. FANRPAN has multi-sectoral nodes in each of our partner countries.
Each triad is linked to researchers at the University of Pretoria, who have similar research interests to help build their networks within their field. Fellows remain in their home institutions for the duration of the fellowship but spend time with their mentors and food systems stakeholders at a series of innovative fellowship events. The fellowship covers the costs of participation in fellowship events for all fellows and mentors. Fellows also receive funding through the fellowship to implement their research projects.
Led by the University of Pretoria, the University of Leeds, and FANRPAN, and funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which operates through a partnership between the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). FSNet-Africa embodies the spirit of collaborative research excellence. Our mission is to design and implement impactful food systems research in partnership with stakeholders, driving transformative solutions within African food systems. By fostering connections among researchers, policymakers, experts, and civil society organizations, FSNet-Africa envisions a future where sustainable change is the norm in African food systems.