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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 description

Tapping into the huge potential of African crops

Climate change will have a significant impact on the future of agriculture and the global food system. One solution is climate-smart agriculture. The EU-funded InnoFoodAfrica project will explore climate-smart African crops (cereals, pulses, roots, crop fruits) in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, showcasing them as healthy ingredients in combating malnutrition. It will focus on vulnerable groups, such as malnourished children, pregnant women and adults struggling with the risk of obesity. To reduce food loss and create new value chains, the project will increase diversity of affordable, nutrient-dense and healthy food products based on local crops and educate people about improved eating habits. The project will also convert crop side streams from harvesting into biomaterials, offering the plastic packaging business a sustainable alternative.

Objective

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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2019-2

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Net EU contribution
€ 1 625 455,00
Address
TEKNIIKANTIE 21
02150 Espoo
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 1 625 455,00

Participants (19)