Three projects granted with Food & Business Applied Research Fund

27 January 2015

Three Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) research proposals have been awarded funding. The awarded ARF research proposals are the result of the first round of the second call for proposals. In total, eighteen projects have now been rewarded in the fund. The next deadline for submitting a proposal is 12 May 2015.

  • Improving the resilience of the inland fisher communities and aquatic systems to overfishing and water resource degradation in Benin     
    Mr F. Thoto (ACED: Actions pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable)
    The project explores the vulnerability of the coastal inland fishing sector to increasing pressures on water resources caused by a mounting population, pollution from urban areas and changing climatic conditions. The project studies the functioning of prevailing institutions among fisher communities and tests if regulations are sufficiently resilient to cope with the new challenges. Special attention is paid to woman’s access to fish processing technologies that contributes to income and increases food security.
  • Technology innovations towards sustainability in Indonesia’s tuna supply chains
    Mr A. Surono (MDPI: Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia)
    This project will develop a traceability-based technology (TBT) platform that creates information exchange between Indonesian fishermen, processors and traders. Fishermen will be facilitated to link with fisheries and global markets, processors and traders will be assisted to meet requirements from importing regions. The aim is to better equip Tuna fisheries in supporting livelihoods, appetites and businesses and ultimately to improve the sustainability of tuna stocks and the livelihoods of fishing communities.
  • Ensuring Sustainable and Sustained Food Security by Enhancing local parboiled rice value-Chain Competitiveness in Gogounou and Banikoara areas in Benin (PARCR)
    Mr J. Kpetere (DEDRAS: Développement durable, le Renforcement et l'Auto-promotion des Structures communautaires)
    This project aims at developing an adapted model of rice intensification, promoting the best rice-processing practices at local level and developing collective marketing mechanisms for the processed rice in Benin. This will be done by a participatory research-action approach in which researchers, extensionists, development organisations and operators of the sector will pool their knowledge to stimulate innovations for the production of sustainable food.

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The new ARF-projects will start in the next few months and will take up to three years. All research teams are led by a practitioner organisation from one of the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. Other team members are Dutch or LMIC research or higher education organisations and, in some cases, also other local enterprises. The budget of ARF-projects varies between 50,000 and 300,000 euros, depending on the project duration and excluding co-funding from consortium partners.

Source: NWO