LEAP-Agri projects with Dutch input
LEAP-Agri is an African Union – European Union partnership between thirty partners aimed at research and innovation for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). The partnership has awarded funds to 27 projects. Please find below the 13 projects in which a Dutch team is involved.
- Full project title: Co-innovations across scales to enhance sustainable intensification, resilience, and food and nutritional security in water-managed agricultural systems in West Africa.
- Countries involved: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain
- Main objectives: The research objective is a systemic multi-discipline multi-scale evaluation of water-managed systems to identify their constraints, potential and enabling environment that leads to sustainable intensification through appropriate technical and governance solutions, and market-oriented crops.
- Full project title: Education and Training for Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition in East Africa
- Countries involved: Germany, Kenya, Netherlands, Uganda
- Main objectives: Identifying and promoting improved farming practices for healthier soils and production of diverse, nutritious crops; improving access of value chain actors to inputs and services, their links and reducing food losses through improved handling and processing practices; and enhancing consumers’ food culture, resulting in healthier diets and more equitable distribution of food in households.
- Full project title: On-site air-to-fertilizer mini-plants relegated by sensor-based ICT technology to foster African agriculture
- Countries involved: Germany, Ghana, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Uganda
- Main objectives: The ultimate goal of this research is to improve sustainable small-scale farming in Africa. The main objective is to develop on-site fertilizer production of mini-plants to provide cost-affordable fertilizer, and combined with the development of sensors and ICT technology to enhance the quality of soil and food production.
- Full project title: Sustainable Transition to Entrepreneurial Production in Agriculture through Upgrading
- Countries involved: Germany, Kenya, Netherlands, Uganda
- Main objectives: To contribute to food security and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa through equitable commercial relationships between SFEs and markets within the frame of sustainable agricultural production. Focusing on the heterogeneous groups of smallholder farmers with an entrepreneurial ambition. STEP-UP will support smallholder producers to access relevant technologies, innovations and management practices for the transition to commercialized production.
- Full project title: Promote ecological intensification and inclusive value chains for sustainable African milk sourcing
- Countries involved: Burkina Faso, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Netherlands, Senegal
- Main objectives: Co-design and implementation of efficient and inclusive milk collection systems through organizational and institutional innovations ; Co-design and implementation of intensive and ecological dairy farming systems based on improvement of cow feeding systems using local resources, and simple practices to improve milk hygiene.
- Full project title: Roles of Agroforestry in sustainable intensification of small farMs and food SEcurity for SocIetIes in West Africa
- Countries involved: Burkina Faso, France, Netherlands, Senegal
- Main objectives: To maximize their adoption, RAMSES II aims at providing Innovative Scenarios for Managing Sustainable Intensification (ISMSI) that will be co-built with all the stakeholders involved in the four most common Sudano-Sahelian agroforestry parklands based on cereals food crops : Piliostigma and shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) parklands in Burkina Faso; Guiera seneglensis and Faidherbia albida in Senegal.
- Full project title: Long term Europe-Africa Research Network
- Countries involved: Cameroon, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa
- Main objectives: Scientists from Africa will fill knowledge gaps that exist in Europe on the epidemiology and pathology of neglected arboviruses, whereas scientist from Europe will share their expertise on innovative technologies that can be used to develop diagnostic tools. An additional objective of the project will be to teach and train students through exchange of MSc and PhD students between labs.
- Full project title: Partnerships for Healthy Diets and Nutrition in Urban African Food Systems – evidence and strategies
- Countries involved: Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Germany, The Netherlands
- Main objectives: This project aims to impact the nutrition of the urban poor in Africa. This is achieved by gathering and analyzing missing evidence on African urban food systems (UFS) to outline a partnership concept for effective interventions in the food environment of the urban poor in a participatory process.
- Full project title: University-based Community Action Research for Increasing viability of cereal-legume value chains towards improved nutrition and livelihoods in sub-Sahara Africa
- Countries involved: Kenya, Netherlands, Portugal, Uganda
- Main objectives: To improve sustainable food production while reducing soil degradation, as well as improving FNS at household and community level.
- Full project title: Exploring food system transformations in rapidly changing African cities
- Countries involved: Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Uganda
- Main objectives: The project aims to promote sustainable, inclusive and nutrition-secure city food systems by developing knowledge and tools for local and national development planning.
- Full project title: Small Fish and Food Security: Towards innovative integration of fish in African food systems to improve nutrition
- Countries involved: Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Uganda
- Main objectives: Identify, quantify and map current patterns of production and distribution of small fish for food and feed; identify and describe the harvesting, marketing and utilization patterns of small fish and how they contribute to food and nutritional security; improve the production processes to achieve better quality and longer shelf life; disseminate the nutritious value of small fish to stakeholders and governance agencies and analyze how barriers to sustainable utilization can be resolved.
- Full project title: Genetic characterization of cattle populations for optimized performance in African ecosystems
- Countries involved: Egypt, Finland, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Uganda
- Main objectives: To improve production and survival of traditional/indigenous breeds adapted to the local environments in Africa. This will allow to secure the future of these well-adapted traditional / indigenous local breeds.
- Full project title: Agricultural Trade and Market Access for Food Security: Micro- and Macro-level Insights for Africa
- Countries involved: Belgium, Germany, Ghana, Netherlands, Senegal, South Africa
- Main objectives: To generate more integrated and comparative evidence on the multiple dimensions of trade – including local, regional and international trade, and export as well as import flows – and evidence from West Africa/ECOWAS. Investigate trade and market access issues for three product categories that are important for current and potential African trade: fresh fruits and vegetables (FFVs), grain products as well as red meat and poultry.
- Full project title: Innovative approaches to value-addition and commercialization of climate smart crops for enhanced food security and nutrition in Africa and beyond.
- Countries involved: Finland, Kenya, Netherlands, South Africa, Uganda
- Main objectives: To enhance food and nutrition security and improve livelihoods of stakeholders in the Climate Smart Food Crops value chain.
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