Innovations in Technology, Extension and Institutional Approaches towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems to Promote Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (InnovAfrica)
The project aims to improve food and nutrition security by integrating sustainable agricultural intensification systems and innovative institutional approaches to increase income and enhance smallholder adaptive capacity in Sub-Sahara Africa.
This project will test ways of intensifying agricultural food production in a sustainable way; these agricultural systems will be communicated to smallholder farmers in several African countries via smart phone apps, social media and village-based ‘Knowledge Centres’. In addition the project will publish papers and policy briefs to be used in policy dialogue forums and to contribute towards knowledge based policy formulation.
Around 80% of the food produced in Africa is currently grown by smallholder farms. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the production of these farms will probably have to increase by 70% to feed the growing population. Yields of African smallholder farms are amongst the lowest in the world due to factors including climate change, extreme weather, land degradation and limited access to water, mechanisation, improved seeds, fertilizers and information as well as different socio-economic and political factors.
With a multi-disciplinary team composed of 16 partners from Europe and Africa, the project will identify needs and opportunities of existing agricultural intensification systems, and improve selected product value chains using these new approaches, including novel extension and advisory services.
The project coordinator is Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, Senior Researcher and Director of International Projects (South and SE Asia and Africa) at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).
Noragric will be responsible for a work package on Policies and Institutions, but will also play a role in some of the other work packages. The main researchers involved at Noragric are Professor Ruth Haug and Associate Professor Ola Westengen.
Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, NMBU’s long term partner, will head a work package on innovative multi-actor platforms.
Participating NMBU researcher
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