Improving Food Security in West and East Africa (FoodAfrica I & II)

Research summary

FoodAfrica is a research and development Programme enhancing food security in West and East Africa. The objective of the Programme is to provide new knowledge and tools for researchers, decision makers and local farmers to improve local food security. The FoodAfrica Programme is implemented in six countries: Benin, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, and Uganda. The programme focuses on the following topics:
Strengthening capacity for diagnosis and management of soil micronutrient deficiencies in Sub Saharan Africa for improved plant, animal and human nutrition (WP1, more than 20 African countries involved).
Dairy cattle breeding in West Africa: identifying and promoting appropriate breeds and breed combinations or genotypes for smallholder farmers (WP2, Senegal).
Economic analysis of technologies and targeted policies to reduce vulnerability and building resilience (WP3, Senegal).
Enhancing food and nutrition security of vulnerable groups in communities through increased use of local agricultural biodiversity (WP4, Benin)
Measuring and mitigating the risk of mycotoxins for poor milk and maize producers and consumers (WP5, Kenya).
Improving market access and food security in Africa with information and communication technology (WP6, Ghana & Uganda)
Innovative extension approaches for improving food security and livelihoods (WP7, Cameroon & Kenya).


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Research title
Improving Food Security in West and East Africa (FoodAfrica I & II)

Research timeline
1.1.2012 - 1.12.2018

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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Funding instrument
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (ICI, HEI-ICI, N-S-S)

Project budget
More than 2 million euros

Head of research
Hannu Korhonen, Martti Esala, Mila Sell

Research team
Hannu Korhonen, Martti Esala, Mila Sell, Jarkko Niemi, Susanna Rokka, Niina Pitkänen, Anna-Riitta Lund, Mikko Salmi, Keith Shepherd, Miika Tapio, Karen Marshall, Siwa Msangi, Marja Mutanen, Delia Grace, Erastus Kang´ethe, Nick Minot, Eija Laitinen, Steven Franzel, Celine Termote, Vivian Hoffmann, Johanna Lindahl, Vesa Joutsjoki

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Bioversity International, International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), HAMK University of applied sciences, University of Helsinki

Contact information
Mila Sell
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