A virtual consultation to explore areas of collaboration and create synergies among four EU-funded DeSIRA projects in Africa was held on 16 September 2021. The projects, which seek to spur innovation through Africa’s agricultural regional research architecture, are led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development (Agrinatura), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) and the ‘CAADP ex-Pillar IV organizations’ composed respectively of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).
Forty participants attended the meeting including representatives from the EU Commission, Agrinatura, FAO, GFAR, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and heads of regional research and extension organizations. This event initiated a dialogue among DeSIRA projects, working with the CAADP ex-Pillar IV organizations. The meeting provided information on the TAP-AIS, CAADP XP4, DeSIRA LIFT and GFAR projects, their approaches and their progress to date, as well as exploring synergies among them. The partners expressed the need for better coordination among the projects and a desire to continue the discussion initiated during the event.