In October 2016 ARF-2 project members met for a learning exchange during the second International workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) in Cotonou, Benin. Since the ARF project groups aim to ensure their research is taken up in society, they all have a private organization as project leader of their consortium. The projects also need to embed their research in society from the very beginning of the project.
To support these groups in achieving these goals, the first two days of the workshop focused on knowledge exchange and strategies of co-creation and research uptake. In addition a public seminar was organized on the role of nutrition in agricultural value chains. During this third day workshop lessons were brought further with food security professionals from Benin.
The three-day workshop was jointly organized by the Office of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and NWO-WOTRO, in collaboration with the University of Abomey-Calavi Cotonou and AgriProFocus Benin.
During the first two days the internal workshop took place. Around 40 representatives of 15 ARF-2 projects from ten different partner countries and from private (project leaders), public and academic background attended. The programme on co-creation and research uptake was organized to stimulate discussions through pitch presentations, speed dating, working groups, plenary discussions and a visit to a training centre for agricultural entrepreneurship.
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