End: may 2021
Start: jun 2017
The multidisciplinary project InnovAfrica aims to improve food and nutrition security and adaptive capacity of smallholders to climate change.
|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|
|Department||Hydrology and Water Environment|
|Partners||16 partners (11 African and 5 European, including 2 CGIAR institutes (CIMMYT and ILRI)|
|Funding source||H2020-EU-Africa partnership on Food and Nutrition Security|
InnovAfrica integrates 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.
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.
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.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa make out the case countries. The project is operating in 24 project sites with different agro-ecological and socio-economic settings, with a focus on women and youth. In Malawi, the project actively engages several hundreds of smallholders in Dedza and Mzuzu districts where farmer community led on farm demonstrations of technology, institutional and extension innovations (promoting crop diversity / seed systems, value chain enhancement, ICT based extension) intercropping maize, millet and sorghum with legumes. Results so far have shown improved crop productivity (by more than 30%), soil fertility and income.
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.”
Innovative research collaboration to improve food and nutrition security in Africa
Innovative sustainable agriculture technologies are being introduced in six African countries, through the collaborative research project InnovAfrica. The project aims to improve sustainable food and nutrition security in Africa.
Contributing to food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa
By actively involving stakeholders and integrating relevant agri-food systems with institutional and extension services, the InnovAfrica project is well on its way towards improving food and nutrition security in six African countries.
InnovAfrica meeting held in Rwanda
Last week, InnovAfrica’s project partners met to review the project’s progress. The work carried out so far includes the initiation of six multi-actor platforms, data collection from 600 farmers in each of the six case countries and focus group discussions to assess the current situation and plan future actions.