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Innovative approaches to process local food in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) funds research projects with innovative approaches to food processing of German agricultural and food research institutions with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The BLE is the funding manager (ptble).

The research project on "Innovative approaches to process local food in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, which contribute to improved nutrition, as well as qualitative and quantitative reduction of losses" should deal with perishable foods of plant, animal and fungal origin, and also address seasonal surpluses.

The focus is on local fruits, vegetables and protein (of plant and animal origin). Consideration should be given to the potential for innovation using neglected crops (neglected and under-utilised species; NUS) or traditional products and combinations of the aforementioned categories.

Research will be funded that contribute to the following objectives:

  • retain nutritional value, shelf-life and food safety end products should be healthy, nutritious food products;
  • reduce seasonality of food insecurity and food and nutrient losses;
  • more efficient and particularly time-saving preparation of healthy meals.

This call includes research on technical and organisational, socio-cultural and/or socio-economic issues and combinations thereof. More information:

BMEL-Call for proposals: "Innovative approaches to process local food in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia"

Date of issue:  2016.08.02