The NutriHAF-Africa project is a research and capacity building project that explores options to integrate appropriate fruit and vegetable crops into multi-story cropping systems with the aim of increasing (micro-) nutrition security, diversifying and intensifying agriculture and thus reducing pressure on natural habitats in biodiversity hotspots.
The research and capacity building project explores and integrates appropriate vegetable crops into multi-storey cropping systems to increase nutrition security, diversify and intensify agriculture and thus to reduce pressure on natural habitats in biodiversity hotspots. The project uses gender-sensitive participatory action research to ensure that the needs and preferences of poor male and female smallholders are considered and thus increase the adoption potential. We include a capacity building component to raise knowledge about production and nutrition issues amongst women and men, and to sensitize extension services and policy makers on the importance of nutrition-diversified agriculture, explicitly incorporating nutrition objectives into agricultural programmes, projects and policies. The project not only aims at achieving scientific progress and the exchange of knowledge, but also to build sustainable partnerships and to relevantly contribute to capacity development of African institutions.
The project focus country is Ethiopia; some activities are also carried out in Madagascar. In both countries hunger, malnutrition and biodiversity hotspots overlap.