The aim of Network Africa is to promote the exchange of ideas, knowledge, concepts, and even people, between African universities and Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT) in the field of applied academic training in the life sciences. This is intended to help address the many challenges facing African agriculture, and beyond. Challenges include meeting the increasing demand for food due to a growing population and limited space; combating the effects of climate change; increasing the productivity of smallholder agriculture; minimising losses in harvesting, storage and transport, as well as the processing of agricultural products to increase their added value. Network Africa aims to make agricultural training in Africa, which is often very theoretical, much more application-specific by incorporating in more practical elements. In this respect, HSWT, which places a firm emphasis on practice-oriented teaching and research in the field of life sciences and technologies, in line with the motto 'Applied Sciences for Life', could serve as a model for the African universities.
Network Africa aims to help develop a society of knowledge in African countries, as the core facet of a stable and functioning society and as the basis for a successful business location. This should help pave the way to creating new jobs, supporting small-scale farming operations in their efforts to sustainably increasing production and income, and shifting value creation to rural areas of Africa.
HSWT has been collaborating with African partners on various projects for many years now. Among the many projects undertaken, major initiatives include the 'Training Pact with Africa' (Ausbildungspakt mit Afrika), under which the postgraduate course 'Foodchains in Agriculture' is run. This is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) as part of the global strategy 'Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector' (GIC), as well as the recently launched 'Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences', which is funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery as part of the 'Bayerische Afrikapaket' (or 'Bavarian Africa package' – an initiative to help promote stability and development in African countries).
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