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Networking to promote the sustainable production and marketing of indigenous vegetables through urban and peri-urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.

Objective

Indigenous vegetables (IV) play an important role in the African diet, economy & environment. However, they have not featured significantly in the research agendas of international or local organisations, which have tended to focus on improved exotic varieties. IndigenoVeg aims to create a network of leading EU & African researchers to promote production of IV varieties in urban & peri-urban agriculture (UPA). The objectives are to:

- Co-ordinate & link existing research efforts on IVs & UPA by creating a forum where partners can share information on current progress, disseminate best practice, obtain feedback from their peers & refine & strengthen their on-going activities
- Develop relevant, targeted, research proposals
- Disseminate the outcomes of 1&2. These objectives will be achieved by
a)Literature review on IV production in UPA
b)Small-scale surveys on marketing & production constraints of IVs in urban areas
c)Organising thematic meetings on sustainable production practices of IVs in UPA (A.3.2.2), marketing option for IVs (A.3.2.4), & developing policy for the promotion of UPA & IV production in UPA (A.3.2.5)
d)A final meeting to integrate the findings of IndigenoVeg & develop future proposals will be organised
e)A website will be established and maintained & a conference organised to disseminate & engage with a wider audience of EU & African scientists & policy makers.

IndigenoVeg addresses the objectives of the EU FP6 work programme by synergistically networking & linking members of the EU scientific community & strengthening the international profile of EU research in an area of international concern; building & reinforcing strong links between EU scientists & sub-Saharan African scientists & policy makers in accordance with the aims of the specific measures in support of international cooperation; & contributing to Africa's food security by addressing theme A.3.2

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/vegetable growing

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INCO-DEV-2
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

BANGOR UNIVERSITY
Address
College Road
Bangor

Participants (13)

AGRICULTURE RESEARCH COUNCIL
South Africa
Address
1134 Park Street, Hatfield
Pretoria
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITÄT FREIBURG
Germany
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
Freiburg
AVRDC-THE WORLD VEGETABLE CENTER, REGIONAL CENTER FOR AFRICA
Tanzania
Address
Madiira Farm Tengeru
Duluti Arusha
CENTRE NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Côte d’Ivoire
Address
Km 17, Route De Dabou Adiopodoume
Abidjan
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano, 117
Madrid
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES RECHERCHES AGRICOLES DU BENIN
Benin
Address
Recette Principale
Cotonou
INSTITUT SENEGALAIS DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES
Senegal
Address
Route Des Hydrocarbures, Bel-air
Dakar
JUSTUS LIEBIG UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN
Germany
Address
Ludwigstrasse 23
Giessen
MASENO UNIVERSITY
Kenya
Address
Kisumu-busia Road
Maseno
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Uganda
Address
Plot 3, Lugard Avenue
Entebbe
RAINMAN LANDCARE FOUNDATION
South Africa
Address
14 Peacevale Road, Peacevale Near Hillcrest 3610
Durban
RHODES UNIVERSITY
South Africa
Address
Drostdy Road
Grahamstown
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 10
Copenhagen K