The Food, Agriculture and Natural resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN: www.fanrpan.org) is welcoming an additional project to its Food Systems and Nutrition Thematic Area. From 6 to 9 July 2015, FANRPAN attend the Kick-Off Workshop of the new research and capacity development project called "NutriHAF Africa - Diversifying agriculture for balanced nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems in Ethiopia and Madagascar". The workshop was held at Jupiter International Hotel - Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
NutriHAF Africa is a joint project with partners from research, policy advocacy, capacity development and knowledge transfer in Africa, the USA and Germany. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and will focus, in the first step, on the area in and around the UNESCO-registered Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve, in Illubabor Zone of Oromia State and on hotspots of biodiversity in Madagascar. In this project FANRPAN's role, as an implementing partner, is to engage two postdoctoral fellows (i.e., socio-economist and gender expert). The two will separately conduct qualitative, gender-disaggregated analysis of the socio-economic context, value chain, food growing and consumption behaviour of households/farming families and consumers in the nearest market place. Intra-household, the quantitative gender-disaggregated socio-economic analysis will research decisions on food growing and consumption behaviour while also identifying best pathways for policy advocacy.
The other three related projects within the Food Systems and Nutrition Thematic Area are:
- Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Investments (ATONU) which seeks to answer the question of what agriculture programs can do to achieve positive nutrition outcomes. Firstly, ATONU is developing frameworks and tools to design, pilot, rigorously evaluate and promote a range of agricultural interventions that will improve the nutrition of women and young children, the most nutritionally vulnerable. Secondly, ATONU will provide technical assistance to existing and pipeline smallholder agricultural projects and programs that would like to improve nutrition outcomes but are not certain how to go about it. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, the four ATONU project focal countries are Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania and the fourth will either be Ghana or Uganda.
- Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa (PHM-SSA) project aims to improve food security (increased food self-sufficiency and incomes) of smallholder farmers in SSA through reduction of postharvest losses of food crops (grains and pulses) by addressing major constraining factors of technology dissemination and adoption, knowledge and information sharing, rural advisory services (RAS) and policies related to PHM. Interventions focus at two levels: (i) validation and promotion of PHM practices and systems at rural household and communities level through use of innovative RAS and private sector linkages, and (ii) linking national and regional level through active promotion of sharing and learning, capacity-building, and advocacy and policy dialogue related to PHM. Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Global Programme Food Security (GPFS), the project is being implemented in Benin and Mozambique.
- The project Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve food and nutrition security in the smallholder farming families intervenes at three levels: (i) Based on the applied research and analysis of major constrains related GnVC, promising pre- and post-harvest practices and technologies are assessed, validated and further developed through participative evaluation in selected rural households; (ii) The successfully tested practices are documented, appropriate dissemination tools and methodologies are elaborated, and farmer capacities are built; and (iii) Based on the evidence gained from the validation of pre- and post-harvest practices and technologies, advocacy and policy dialogues are conducted through multi-stakeholder platforms at the local, national and regional levels with the aim of strengthening these aspects in policies and regulatory frameworks. The project is supported by Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) through Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).