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Locally-driven co-development of plant-based value chains towards more sustainable African food system with healthier diets and export potential

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 862170

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 August 2020

  • End date

    31 July 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.2.3.

H2020-EU.3.2.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 465 893,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 465 893,75

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

Objective

InnoFoodAfrica will explore climate-smart African crops (cereal-pulse-rootInnoFoodAfrica will explore climate-smart African crops (cereal-pulse-root crop-fruit) in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.
The project will develop and demonstrate optimal solutions for cultivation practices, processing and productization towards new value chains, thus enhancing nutritionally balanced food consumption in urban Africa and creating opportunities to reach international markets. The main output is to demonstrate the huge potential of the African crops as healthy ingredients in combating both malnutrition. The emphasis is to target vulnerable groups, such as malnourished children, pregnant women and adults under the risk of obesity, by increasing the diversity of affordable, nutrient-dense and healthy food products based on local crops, and educating people for improved eating habits.
The project will address key bottlenecks of African food value chains - low productivity, limited access to urban markets, affordability and convenience of end products - by tailoring actions on local context to develop novel technologies in agriculture, food manufacturing and use of residual biomass for packaging, and concurrently to investigate food safety, food security and food loss reduction. Trainings, targeted especially women, will be organized in all four African countries. The trainings include e.g. farming productivity of indigenous crops, effective post-harvest technologies, valorization of biomass residue materials, nutritional guiding, and entrepreneurial skills. The project will also foster international cooperation with other EU-Africa and inter-African projects (FNSSA) e.g. by organising common conferences or workshops, technology transfer and training videos.
The project is designed by a strong multidisciplinary consortium of 20 partners, dominated by 15 African actors from all four focus countries with deep understanding of local needs, and supported by 5 European partners.

Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Address

Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 616 980

Participants (18)

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 729 143,75

NOFIMA AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 752 250

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

Uganda

EU Contribution

€ 280 000

INSTITUT NATIONAL D'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 485 625

ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 183 125

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 770 330

CHUKA UNIVERSITY

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 114 375

UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI ENTERPRISES AND SERVICES LIMITED

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 123 750

KENYA INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 110 625

ORGANISATION FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 146 250

AMHARA NATIONAL REGION AGRICULTURALRESEARCH INSTITUTE

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 136 875

GUTS AGRO INDUSTRY PLC

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 50 625

AFRICA HARVEST BIOTECH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 289 687,50

UGANDA MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

Uganda

EU Contribution

€ 73 750

FOOD & NUTRITION SOLUTIONS LIMITED

Uganda

EU Contribution

€ 56 250

KULIKA UGANDA

Uganda

EU Contribution

€ 121 250

DELPHIUS TECHNOLOGIES AND CONSULTANCY CC

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 62 025

PURATOS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 362 977,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 862170

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 August 2020

  • End date

    31 July 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.2.3.

H2020-EU.3.2.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 465 893,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 465 893,75

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland