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Calls for proposals (Calls 1 and 2)

To consolidate Africa-Europe partnerships, in 2010 and 2011 PAEPARD used calls for proposals. About 150 multi-stakeholder partnerships were created based on the two calls. However, the selection process retained only nine of the best consortia from the first call and ten from the second call. Consortia had to launch a partnership process involving the launch of partnerships and writing workshops to develop proposals for investors. However, even before the end of the partnership-building cycle, criticism was expressed by some research users who viewed the process as a top-down approach that did not give them sufficient time to allow them to " Appropriate for long-term viability. The PAEPARD partners had to think about a new partnership mechanism to address the issue. As a result, a new user-driven brokerage mechanism called the User Driven Process (UTP) has been defined. The first version of the concept was produced by non-research partners of PAEPARD at a meeting organized by the CSA in Brussels in late 2011. Over time, the concept has been clearly defined by all Partners to retain 6 major steps.

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The User Led Process (ULP)


  • 1- The definition by the subregional peasant organization of a unifying theme through internal consultations with stakeholders.
  • 2- A documentary review of the current state of research and development interventions focused on the unifying theme. This review took the form of a desk study or a mandate visit.
  • 3- An orientation workshop in which agricultural innovation facilitators familiarize themselves with PAEPARD processes in order to facilitate the whole process.
  • 4- The holding of a multi-stakeholder workshop on research questions (MSHRQW), which validates the findings of the literature review and clarifies the research question (s) related to the value chain as well as The formation of a small group of five to seven members to advance the process.
  • 5- The development of a concept note that will determine the final step; and
  • 6- The development of a complete proposal and its submission by a small group.

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The federated themes of the User Led Process (ULP)

Following the definition of the concept, five PAEPARD non-research partners were involved in the process, focusing on the following five themes:
  • Extensive livestock value chains in East Africa with a focus on Kenya and Uganda. EAFF
  • Value chain of horticultural products in urban areas with an emphasis on Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon. PROPAC
  • Rice value chain in Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali. ROPPA
  • Peanut value chain in Zambia and Malawi. FANRPAN
  • Non-food valuation of mango in West Africa (Burkina-Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal). COLEACP

The five partners have been participating in the UMP since 2012 in order to mobilize partners and funding for the theme. Other partners such as PROPAC and ROPPA establish a dialogue between researchers and non-researchers with the ultimate goal of setting the framework for an ongoing dialogue that will continue even at the end of project activities.

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The Competitive Research Fund (CFR) and the Incentive Fund (IF)

At the same time as the UMP, PAEPARD conducts activities related to two other sources of funding: the Competitive Research Fund (CRF) and the Incentive Fund (IF) to support the 19 consortia created by the two calls and the UMPs mentioned above -above. As far as the FIU is concerned, only four pilot projects have been successful in obtaining support to experiment with multi-stakeholder partnerships in different contexts. The projects are:
  • Improvement of Soybean processing technologies in milk and "Afitin" in South and Central Benin (PROSAM).
  • Effects of organic amendments enriched with Trichoderma sp. Applied to market gardening in the sub-Saharan zone (Trichoderma). Burkina Faso
  • Eliminating aflatoxin before and after harvest in waste in the groundnut value chain (GNVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve the food and nutritional security of smallholder families (GNVC).
  • Improved nutritional security and increased incomes by adding value to indigenous vegetables in Eastern and Central Uganda (indigenous vegetables).

These projects, which began in late 2014, are now in their second year of operation. For some of them, good progress has been made in the production and dissemination of technologies, but also in terms of the functionality of multi-stakeholder partnerships.