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Thursday, 04 March 2010

Our video guest: Mr. François Stepman

Our video guest this week is  François Stepman, European co-manager PAEPARD project. The Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (Phase II) is to build joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in agricultural research for development. PAEPARD II nurtures partnerships to increase the quantity and quality of joint proposals (leading to more funded initiatives). François Stepman explains how PAEPARD is not only about aligning to African research priorities but foremost about facilitating innovative partnerships. He elaborates on what this innovation is about and gives two striking examples. The first is about the collaboration of researchers with the private sector: the food processing sector of traditional African food. The second example is about the collaboration with radios in Africa: the production of digital media files (audio and video) about innovative technologies and agricultural knowledge of farmers.