Diversified agriculture for a balanced nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa
In 2013 the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) launched the support scheme "International research cooperation on global food security and nutrition". Its goal is to make better use of the knowledge of German agricultural and nutritional research institutions to an even greater extent to improve food security and nutrition worldwide. In addition, German researchers are interested to establish a stronger international network in this area.
The title of the first call for research proposals published in 2013 was "Nutrition - Diversified Agriculture for a Balanced Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa"; the announcement described the research programme and encouraged interested applicants to submit project proposals.
Summaries of the currently funded projects (pdf downloads, not fully accessible)
The approved research projects examine the opportunities for nutrition-sensitive food production in the target region, i.e. food production that is geared to meet the nutritional needs of the population. In this context they examine how diversified agriculture can contribute tocounteract malnutrition in all its forms. In addition to this, it is planned to establish long-term partnerships and a competence network in this area to make a sustained contribution to food security and nutrition.
The projects address research questions related to integrated farming systems, address the importance of fruit and vegetables (in particular traditional local crops and neglected crop species)in a trans disciplinary manner, examine the benefits of integrated fish and horticultural production and address the challenges and benefits of urban farming. The projects aim to contribute to improving the nutritional status of the local population. The regional focus is on Eastern and Southern Africa, comprising countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africaand Madagascar. Each project has a knowledge management - and where suitable - policy component to solicit support for nutrition from national stakeholders who work in agricultural production (i.a. farmer organisations, research institutions, educational service providers and policy makers).
A total of eight projects will receive grants of more than eight million Euros under the "Nutrition" research announcement. The project period for the three-year projects is 2015-2018.
This research initiative makes an important contribution to closing knowledge gaps in the field of nutrition-sensitive food systems and to implementing the "Framework for Action" of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) of November 2014.
- As of:
- GFFA – BTF Political synergies in nternational activities (PDF, 818 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- Empowering Agriculture for Global Food and Nutrition Security - The 15th anniversary of the Bilateral Trust Fund with FAO (PDF, 2 MB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- Understanding global food security and nutrition - Facts and backgrounds (PDF, 2 MB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- Policies against Hunger XII - Summary 2016 (PDF, 189 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- GFFA-Kommuniqué 2016 (PDF, 261 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- Understanding global food security and nutrition - In Focus: Balanced nutrition across the globe (PDF, 179 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- BMEL-Concept for Global Food Security and Nutrition (PDF, 1 MB, accessible)
- Conception du BMEL sur l'alimentation mondiale (PDF, 1 MB, accessible)
- Fighting hunger together: BMEL food security projects – the Bilateral Trust Fund with the FAO (PDF, 257 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- Equitable and Sustainable Access to Land, Fisheries and Forests - Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible governance of these resources (PDF, 566 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
- FAO: The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 (PDF, 2 MB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)