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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-11-01 - 2022-10-31

The general objective of LEAP4FNSSA is to establish a sustainable structure, or ‘Platform’, for the efficient and coherent implementation of the AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership as described in the FNSSA Roadmap. Under the aegis of the HLPD and its Bureau, and by building upon related projects such as RINEA, CAAST-Net. Plus, ProIntensAfrica and LEAP-Agri, LEAP4FNSSA aims to achieve this overall objective through three specific objectives: - Increase the synergies and coherence between actors, research and innovation projects, initiatives and programmes, through the development of institutional alliances and clusters of projects; - Develop a learning environment and a large knowledge base, including monitoring and evaluation activities, creating communication and links between different initiatives to improve STI cooperation; - Establish a long term and sustainable governance and funding mechanism for the Platform.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-01-01 - 2018-12-31

Food composition data are key for food and nutrition security. Knowing what people eat and which nutrients the consumed foods contain helps assessing the nutritional status and improving diet quality and health. Food composition data are required for dietary intake assessment, development of nutrient requirements, nutrition education and diet formulations. Moreover, these data are essential for food labeling and can play a fundamental role in diversifying our food and nutrient supply e.g. in breeding/research. In order to obtain reliable food composition data, standards and guidelines are important. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Centre for Development Research (CDR) of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) have agreed to provide academic services on food composition issues: Scientific support of the “Development of the FAO/INFOODS Compilation Guidelines RR20402: “Methodologies, norms, standards, definitions and tools for the collection, management, aggregation and analysis of data formulated and disseminated”. Food Composition Compilation Guidelines will be developed in collaboration with international experts. The objectives are to undertake a review on food composition compilation issues and to identify information gaps; to form work packages; to establish and coordinate working groups of international experts to address these tasks.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-02-10 - 2017-05-09

Although efforts that support a transition to sustainable food systems are gaining momentum, there is a lack of systematic and consolidated evidence of these practices. Accordingly, policy makers, funders and advocates are currently missing a consistent framework that can demonstrate the advantages from a lasting transition to sustainable food systems. In order to support decision makers in their deliberations on sustainable food systems, there is need to first understand how such systems could be established. Therefore, existing initiatives on the ground need to be explored. From this, an overarching evidence base in the form of a concise framework can be developed as reference for decision makers.

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