Presenter: Dr Jean Albergel, Institute of Research for Development
Presenter: Mr Stefan A Haffner, German Aerospace Center
Presenter: Dr Hamidou H Tamboura, Scientific and Technology Research Centre
Interconnectedness between stakeholders of different sectors is a necessity in identifying priorities for joint agenda setting and synergising activities for research uptake and resource mobilisation. Dialogues for action in STI with all stakeholders are therefore an imperative and a societal challenge.
In an environment of numerous actors working in food systems who are not sufficiently linked and where numerous portals and databases are active, a self-reliant, overarching and inclusive process of actors and institutions to identify synergies and innovative solutions in the field of knowledge management and communication is needed.
This science talk is about an approach, suggested by CAAST-Net Plus, for initiating an Africa-EU KMCS Initiative in STI on FNSSA.
Leading questions: How could the mobilisation of actors to communicate issues towards the enhancement of food systems become a part of the Partnership in STI? How could knowledge management and communication become a part of a new paradigm for research uptake and innovation? What are the roles of funder’s networks, digital data portals, research Institutions, innovation hubs and extension services, entrepreneurs (farmers, fishers and all actors along food value chains), governmental institutions, the HLPD together with African RECs and the National Science Academies in the Initiative?
Dr Jean Albergel
Dr Jean Albergel is a senior scientist in hydrology, he joined IRD (the French Institute of Research for Development) in 1979 and spent most of his career in Africa; especially in semi-arid countries on both side of the Sahara to study infiltration processes, runoff, and erosion and fluxes transfers at the scale of cultivated catchments. He participates in many EU projects from STD2 to H2020, among others: Agricultural Valorisation of the Bottom-Lands in the Sahel (STD2 1987-1991), he was the Project Coordinator for the INCO DC MP : HYDROMED Program: Hill reservoirs in the Semi-Arid Mediterranean (1996 -2001); and the coordinator of the FP6 program SSA: SOWAMED Soil and Water in the Mediterranean (2007-2009), more recently he is participating to the institutional projects : FP7 (CAAST-Net, ERAfrica, ESASTAP) and H2020 (RINEA, ESASTAP 2020). He chaired the Joint Expert Group on Science and Technology of the 8th priority on Science & Technology, Information Society and Space (2010-2013). He was director of the AMBRE laboratory in Montpellier (2000-2002), IRD representative for East Africa (2006-2012) and for Southern Africa (2013-2017). He published 54 referenced scientific articles in peer review journals and he is the author of chapters in scientific books and consultancy reports.
Mr Stefan A. Haffner
Mr Stefan A. Haffner, is a Senior Scientific Officer in the Department for European and International Cooperation in the Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-PT) serving the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He graduated with a master in Geography and Sociology. He is a partner of the CAAST-Net Projects since 2010, responsible for the Africa-EU policy dialogue support in STI together with DST, South Africa. In several other (international) institutions and projects he was and is an active partner towards the collaboration of Africa and Europe in the field of STI. He’s active in RINEA (Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa) and in the ERAfrica partnership that has been established for co-funding Africa-EU partnership projects in STI. He developed together with the NRF, South Africa, and other African and European funders the ERAfrica Initiative that led currently to the ERA-Net Cofund LEAP-Agri. He worked at the German Water Initiative Strategy Office, for the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn as well as for different governmental institutions in Germany and institutions of development cooperation like InWEnt (GIZ) and others.
Mr Dr Hamidou H. Tamboura
Dr Hamidou H. TAMBOURA (DVM, PhD) is a senior scientist in animal sciences at the Scientific and technology research centre (CNRST), Burkina Faso, where he joined in 1985, serving at the Ministry of Higher education, scientific research and Innovation. Most of his scientific career was spent in research among i) local breeds of ruminants, especially in Sahelian of West Africa and ii) indigenous knowledge in animal healing systems and pharmacology of veterinary medicinal plants in West Africa. He participated/led in many national and international projects (CORAF/WECARD, INCO-DEV, PROCORDEL-EU, SANREM/CRSP-USAID, FSP/France) from 1994 to 2007. He actively participated in institutional building and running of several collaborative projects involving EU/AU like ERAfrica. More recently, he is involved in LEAP-Agri, a joint EU-AU project where he is co-leading a process towards the establishment of an EU-Africa portal on FNSSA. He also led (2007 – 2011) an AFDB funded project aiming to develop livestock production in Burkina Faso. Since 2012 until now, he is a senior member of CAMES scientific board, the international board in charge of promotion and advancement of all African francophone universities and research staff. He is nowadays the Director general of Research and Innovation for development funding agency of Burkina Faso.