End: may 2021
Start: jun 2017
The multidisciplinary project InnovAfrica aims to integrate sustainable agriculture intensification systems and innovative institutional approaches with novel extension and advisory services. This will strengthen the adaptive capacity of smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa, thus contributing to their productivity, profitability and nutritional benefits while at the same time reducing environmental impacts.
|External project link||InnovAfrica - food security through smallholder adaptability|
|Start - end date||01.06.2017 - 31.05.2021|
|Project manager||Udaya Sekhar Nagothu|
|Division||Division of Environment and Natural Resources|
InnovAfrica 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.
The 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). The co-coordinator is Jacob Mignouna from BecA-ILRI Hub.
First step towards increased food and nutritional security in Africa
"If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else will go right”, said Nils Vagstad (Director General at NIBIO), quoting Prof. M. S. Swaminathan at the opening of the InnovAfrica Kick-off meeting earlier this week. “This is important all over the world, but of particular importance to Africa.”