The discussion will bring together researchers, end-users, stakeholders, associations, generalist and thematic media channels and other relevant actors in the food and agriculture fields. The dialogue will provoke decision making in developing alliances and overcoming obstacles that would face the proposed platform. These webinars are an intriguing opportunity to be part of the cooperation dialogue and support the rural transformation.
The participation will stimulate interest, while encouraging critical thinking which will help to explore ways of their engagement in solving specific project issues. Raising awareness about the initiative is pragmatic in gaining the engagement of new stakeholders as funders, decision-makers and innovation users.
Dr. Vincenzo Lorusso | European Commission DG Research and Innovation
Vincenzo Lorusso works as a Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD), where he is in charge of Research and Innovation cooperation with Africa and, bilaterally, with ASEAN countries. Vincenzo joined the European Commission in 2022. Prior to that, he worked for eight years in the pharmaceutical industry as Head of Research and Innovation for infectious parasitic diseases, while also co-supervising MSc and PhD projects focused on Public Health and rural development in Africa, through an Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Salford, UK. Vincenzo holds a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (University of Bari, Italy), a Master in International Development and African Studies (Sciences Po, Paris), a PhD in Public Health with a focus on infectious and zoonotic diseases in Africa (University of Edinburgh, UK), and a High-Level Executive Diploma in Diplomacy & Health (The Graduate Institute, Geneva).
Dr. Irene Annor-Frempong | Coordinator of LEAP4FNSSA Project – FARA
Dr. Annor-Frempong holds a PhD from the Veterinary School, University of Bristol, UK; MSc in Animal Production Science from Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands; BSc. (Hons) Agriculture and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Dr Annor-Frempong is currently, a Commissioner of the CGIAR Commission on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (CoSAI). She advanced the ‘Research and Innovation Partnership’ between the Africa Union and the European Union through, among others, the leadership of the Platform for Africa-Europe Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), and participation in the LEAP4FNSSA, the AU-EU High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on FNSSA working Group and the EU’s Development-smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) project implemented by FARA and the sub regional agriculture research organisations (ASARECA, CCARDESA and CORAF) and AFAAS.