Building blocks

BOKU has contributed to drafting a jointly funded and governed research mechanism to sustainably intensify the African agri-food systems.

As a result of two years of work, the PROIntensAfrica project partners have designed a funding mechanism and a research agenda. BOKU, through its Centre for Development Research and coordinated by Dr. Maria Wurzinger, has contributed to this process. A case study of the transition to organic agriculture in Uganda and a review of livestock intensification pathways were conducted by the BOKU team.  Together, the PROIntensAfrica partners identified four main pathways for sustainable intensification of agriculture in Africa. These pathways have been labelled as “conventional”, “ecotechnological”, “agroecological” and “organic” pathway. 

For future research initiatives, PROIntensAfrica suggests to conduct European-African research exclusively through Joint Program Initiatives coordinated by a joint intermediary body.

The project’s final seminar “Effective and efficient research and innovation partnerships” takes place at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, 13-15 March 2017. This seminar will allow stakeholders to fine-tune the final propositions and steps towards for the strategic partnership. The research agenda “Harnessing and improving the potential of diverse pathways for sustainable intensification in agri-food systems in Africa” will be available on 31 March, 2017.


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PROIntensafrica has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 652671