Research Cooperation for Foodsecurity and Nutrition in Africa
Early December a delegation from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food travelled to Pretoria in South Africa for an initial meeting of the "LEAP-Agri Consortium". The objective of the five-year LEAP-Agri project is to contribute to the development of food production and to improved nutrition in Africa with collaborative research.
The LEAP-Agri network consists of African and European sponsors and a variety of research institutions. At the start of 2017, LEAP-Agri will publish an initial announcement in the area of food security under the auspices of a European Commission ERA-Net Co-fund research programme.
Another subproject within the LEAP-Agri project is the establishment of a research platform. This subproject is led by the BMEL, the BLE and FONRID (Fonds national de la Recherche et de l'Innovation pour le Development). The aim of this platform is to allow a long-term cooperation of the 30 partners from 10 African and 9 European states. The objective is the mobilisation of resources (funds, players, infrastructure) for the joint exploration of factors of food insecurity. An acquisition of new partners in Africa, Europe and on an international level is also planned.ABALIMI in Cape Town. The activist Ma Tenjiwe Christina Kaba is the founder of ABALIMI and herself comes from a large township (slum). In Cape Town, township inhabitants produce vegetables in open spaces and sell them to restaurants and individual customers.
The German-South African-Mozambican research project UFiSAMo (Urban Farming in South Africa and Mozambique), which is funded by the BMEL, is developing solutions for the improvement of production and the offer, in collaboration with ABALIMI and township farmers. The UFiSAMo project is being implemented by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the research association Frankenförder Forschungsgesellschaft, Eduard Mondlane University in Mozambique, the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition in Mozambique, the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and ABALIMI .