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Improving nutrition in Africa by strengthening the diversity, sustainability, resilience and connectivity of food systems

Objective

Improving access to safe, nutritious food across Africa in a socioeconomically and environmentally sustainable and resilient manner is a major systemic challenge.

In order to overcome the diverse challenges facing African agri-food systems, exacerbated by climate change and rapid population growth, it is essential to simultaneously raise consumer awareness about healthy nutrition, whilst enhancing the capacity of producers and food chain actors to deliver diverse, nutritious, high quality, affordable foodstuffs.

The approach used in HealthyFoodAfrica is founded on five pillars:
a) ten localised, context-specific Food System Labs for experimentation and innovation in regions with diverse production systems and challenges (Ghana, Benin, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya & Zambia);
b) five thematic work packages for holistically addressing food system challenges (nutrition & consumption; sustainable production; postharvest; food safety; value chain governance; novel products & processes);
c) interdisciplinary, multi-actor, adaptive co-management, engaging farmers (incl. smallholders, aquafarmers, SMEs, women & youth), food processors/packagers, retailers (incl. street vendors), consumers, NGOs, scientists, decision-/policymakers;
d) the use of a Theory of Change framework for transformational impact;
e) dedicated dissemination, capacity building and exploitation activities for wider and lasting impacts.

HealthyFoodAfrica will innovate and test technologies, practices and governance arrangements, contributing to:
- More sustainable, resilient and healthy food systems for all;
- Significant reduction of malnutrition (particularly children within the first 1,000 days of life);
- Empowerment of producers;
- SME growth;
- Market opportunities (internal/export);
- Reduced wastage;
- Crisis situation food strategies;
- 11 UN SDGs;
- Partnership on FNSSA; and
- Piloting of innovations with technological or societal readiness levels or general maturity levels up to TRL/SRL/GML 7.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2019-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Address
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 297 225

Participants (17)

INTERNATIONAL PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES INSTITUTE*IPGRI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 558 730
Address
Via Dei Tre Denari 472 A
00057 Maccarese Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 494 990
Address
Agostino Neto Road 15
Accra
Activity type
Research Organisations
AFRICAN POPULATION & HEALTH RESEARCH CENTRE KENYA
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 329 666,25
Address
Shelter Afrique Centre Longonot Road Upper Hill
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
EU contribution
€ 281 875
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 636 625
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BAHIR DAR UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 233 000
Address
Bahir Dar University
Bahir Dar
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
EU contribution
€ 235 500
Address
Main Campus
256 Kampala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA
Zambia
EU contribution
€ 188 750
Address
Great East Road Campus
10101 Lusaka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 287 106,25
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE D'ABOMEY-CALAVI
Benin
EU contribution
€ 262 757,50
Address
Campus Universitaires D Abomey
01 Abomey Calavi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING AERES GROEP
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 315 750
Address
Bovenbuurtweg 27
6717 XA Ede Gld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING HIVOS (HUMANISTISCH INSTITUUT VOOR ONTWIKKELINGS SAMENWERKING)
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 705 826,25
Address
Raamweg 16
2596HL Den Haag
Activity type
Other
KIRKON ULKOMAANAPU SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 250 600
Address
Etelaranta 8
00130 Helsinki
Activity type
Other
CENTRE FOR INITIATIVES ON FOOD SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 265 375
Address
Vittin Street
Tamale
Activity type
Other
MENTES VISIVEIS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 292 875
Address
Rua Martens Ferrao 9 Dt4
1050 159 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BONA FACTORY LIMITED

Participation ended

Kenya
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Vienna Court, State House Crescent
00506 Nairobi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HOUSE OF BONA LIMITED
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 280 900
Address
Sarit Center, 2Nd Floor, Westlands Road
00506 Nairobi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)