Progress and Experiences of the NutriHAF-Africa Project
University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF), NutriHAF Project, Germany
In the framework of the “Research Cooperation for Global Food Security and Nutrition" funded by the BMEL, the NutriHAF-Africa project explores and integrates appropriate fruit and vegetable crops into multi-storey cropping systems to increase (micro-) nutrition security in order to diversify and intensify agriculture and thus to reduce pressure on natural habitats in biodiversity hotspots in Ethiopia and Madagascar. NutriHAF is a research and capacity building project. The research will enable poor male and female smallholders to increase sustainably their agricultural productivity and species diversity by integrating fruits and vegetables into existing multi-storey cropping systems. This is achieved by increasing knowledge about appropriate fruits and vegetables for multi-storey cropping systems and by improving knowledge on food behaviour and adoption constraints. Capacity building will increase the awareness and knowledge of farmers, consumers and decision takers about balanced diets, nutritional values of different foods, fruit and vegetable production and processing, food preparation and quality.
Keywords: Biodiversity, diversification, multi-storey cropping systems, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, research cooperation, sub-Saharan Africa
Contact Address: Jochen Dürr, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF), NutriHAF Project, W.-Flex-Str. 3, Bonn, Germany, e-mail: jduerruni-bonn.de