The need to unlock the potential of African agriculture is broadly acknowledged, and it has resulted in many research and innovation projects and programs. Yet many efforts are scattered. Lack of alignment may well result in missing the potential for synergy and convergence. It may hamper large-scale projects as each individual project is limited in scale.
Realizing that much is needed and much is possible, the IntensAfrica Consortium emerged in 2012 with the objectives to document the variety of pathways leading to sustainable intensification, and to align efforts in doing so. African and European members of the consortium agreed to jointly engage in the preparation of a new, strategic, long-term and ambitious research and innovation partnership between Europe and Africa in the thematic area of sustainable intensification of agri-food systems.
In 2015, a project named PROIntensAfrica was formulated to develop such partnership, and, with funding of the EC, was carried out for two years with active involvement of 23 African and European partners. The report “Harnessing the potential of diverse intensification pathways for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Outline for a long-term EU–Africa Research and Innovation Partnership” is the final output of this project.