Nine applied projects on Food & Business research

13 July 2017

Another nine projects have been granted under the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF). All project leaders work at a local enterprise, and cooperate with Dutch and local researchers. The projects contribute to one of the three pillars of Dutch food security policy: people, profit or planet.

The nine ARF-projects will start in the next few months and will have a maximum duration of three years (depending on duration: 50,000 euros to 300,000 euros).  All research teams are led by a practitioner organisation from one of the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. Other team members can be from Dutch or LMIC knowledge institutes or from local enterprises. A total budget of 2.7 Million euros was available for this second round of the third call for proposals. In former rounds, 36 projects have been granted under the ARF of which 6 projects already ended.

The three pillars of the Dutch food security policy – that the projects will build upon - aim at the following themes:

  1. Eradicating existing hunger and malnutrition - ‘people’
  2. Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector - ‘profit’
  3. Creating ecologically sustainable food systems - ‘planet’

ARF is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development. The Food and Business Knowledge Platform supports the programme by articulating knowledge demands, developing joint knowledge and sharing results.

Awarded projects

Promoting dye sorghum cultivation in Benin
Official title: Promoting dye sorghum cultivation to improve livelihoods in rural Benin in a context of climate change (Dyegrain)
Project leader: Ms Florentine DJEGUI, LEMAN SARL (Benin), Consortium partners: Prof. Dr Ir. Polycarpe KAYODE, Université d’Abomey - Calavi (Benin), Mr Alphonse N’DAH, Centre Régional pour le Développement Rural Atacora - Donga (Benin), Dr Anita Linnemann, Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands)

Dye sorghum varieties have the distinct advantages to produce leaf sheaths rich in bio - colorants, while producing at the same time grain. The promotion of dye sorghum cultivation will raise incomes through bio - colorants sales while enabling retention of grain for food security. The present project will optimize the cultivation practices of dye sorghum and develop methods for bio - colorants extraction and grain processing into foods. Guidelines for quality management in the leaf sheaths supply chain will be developed. >> PROJECT PAGE

Fresh Green Ghana
Official title: Safe and accessible greenhouse production of (fruit) vegetables in Ghana
Project leader: Ms Sonia Folikumah – Safi Sana Ghana Limited (Ghana), Consortium partners: Anne Elings – Wageningen Research (The Netherlands), Dan Acquaye - Agri - Impact Limited (Ghana), Kofi Anku - Premium Vegetables Co. Ltd (Ghana), Isaac Henaku Bishop - Urban Jungle Agro Ind. Ltd. (Ghana)

Ghana knows temporal shortage of fresh (fruit) vegetables, leading to high prices for the poor and under - consumption. Also the use of pesticides and poor post - harvest hygiene causes concern. Protected horticulture enables economically and environmentally sustainable production through more and cheaper vegetables, generation of employment, and through the lower use of chemical crop protection agents. The project intends to achieve improvement of protected horticulture through data sharing and technology improvement in collaboration with growers. >> PROJECT PAGE

Commercial Seed System for African indigenous Vegetables
Official title: Development of a Gender Responsive Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda
Project leader: Dr Apolo K. Kasharu CHAIN UG LTD (Uganda), Consortium partners: Dr Elizabeth B. Kizito – Uganda Christian university (Uganda), Linda De Maat University of Hanze (The Netherlands), Moses Erongu MAAIF (Uganda)

Solanacea leafy vegetable is one of african indigenous vegetables with high nutritive value. Its production and profitable trade is hamstrung by limited access to quality seeds .Seed multiplication offers huge opportunities for women and youth farmers that are traditionally growers of vegetables. This project is designed to benefit 50 farmer groups through increased interaction between vegetable seed value chain actors namely; farmers, traders, seed inspectors and researchers. >> PROJECT PAGE

Enhancing Kersting's groundnut production-marketability in Benin
Official title: Enhancing Kersting's groundnut (Macrotyloma geocarpum) production and marketability in Benin (Projet Doyiwé)
Project leader: Agboton Sègbégnon Martin - SOJAGNON - NGO (Benin), Consortium partners: Assogbadjo Achille E. - University of Abomey - Calavi (Benin), Ingenbleek Paul - Wageningen University & Research (NL), Vodouhe Raymond - Bioversity International (Benin), Bassou Diane Gisele - Benin Agribusiness Incubation Hub - Sarl (Benin)

The cultivation of kersting’s groundnut, is constrained by poor agronomic practices and lack of quality seeds leading to low yield and poor quality products. To cope with these challenges, this three - year project was developed. Following a science - based value chain approach, the complementary expertise of the consortium members will be leveraged to select farmers and consumers preferred varieties and deliver quality seeds. Doing so, the project is expected to improve farmers’ incomes and processors’ productivity. >> PROJECT PAGE

Roads for Improved Pasture Production in Drylands
Official title: Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production and improved rural livelihoods in semi - arid Kitui, Kenya (ROFIP)
Project leader: Dr Kevin Z. Mganga – Rise Against Poverty Worldwide – Kenya (RAPk) and South Eastern Kenya University, Consortium partners: Dr Frank van Steenbergen (MetaMeta Group – Netherlands), Prof. Nashon K.R. Musimba (South Eastern Kenya University)

Livestock keeping is a way of life among communities inhabiting African drylands. However factors such as inadequate quantity and quality of pasture, due to land degradation, climate variability and change, are threatening the livelihoods of many pastoral communities. Therefore, there is need to cushion these communities against such vagaries of nature. This project integrates rainwater harvesting from roads and grass reseeding for improved pasture production and rural livelihoods in a typical semi - arid environment in Africa. >> PROJECT PAGE

Diffusion of promising plantain varieties in Benin
Official title: Strategic diffusion and marketing of promising varieties of plantain in Benin Republic
Project leader: Mrs Berthe Eleonore Nanoukon – Cité des Bananes (Benin),
Consortium partners: Bonaventure Cohovi Ahohuendo - University of Abomey - Calavi (Benin), Paul Christiaan Struik - University of Wageningen (The Netherlands), Jean - Baptiste Adimou - GERME NGO, Rural Support and Research Group (Benin)

The project aims at promoting intensive plantain production and processing to ensure food security and generate income to practitioners. Actors in the banana value chain including practitioners, as well as scientists will come together to select promising plantain varieties and produce healthy planting material. In addition, they will establish four poles of diffusion to ensure a successful dissemination of plantain varieties; while enhancing the marketing of plantain - derived products delivered through appropriate processing technologies and packaging. >> PROJECT PAGE

Mangrove Polders for Shrimp Aquatic Productivity in Bangladesh
Official title: Selection of mangrove species to optimise aquaculture based livelihoods and biodiversity in climate smart designed polders of Bangladesh (Mangrove-Polders)
Project leader: Mr Selim Reza Hasan – Solidaridad (Bangladesh), Consortium partners: Dr Roel Bosma, Dr Ruerd Ruben, Dr Rolf Groenewegen
& Dr Dolfi Debrot, Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands); Dr Mst. Muslima Khatun, Dr Md. Nazmul Ahsan, Fisheries and Marine Resource Technology Discipline, Dr Md. Nazrul Islam, Foresrty and Wood Technology Discipline, Life Science School, Khulna University (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh constructed polders for boosting rice production but subsequent saline water logging compelled farmers to replace rice with shrimp. Mangrove - Polders aims to enhance shrimp productivity through innovations in land - use planning, water management and planting mangrove trees along the polder canals. Mangroves improve water quality, sequester carbon, provide habitat for aquatic animals, trap sediments, and contribute to coastal protection. This building - with - nature approach aims to positively impact on food security and livelihoods of coastal shrimp farming communities. >> PROJECT PAGE

Economically viable foundation seed model for Mali
Official title: Developing economically viable models of foundation seed production for vital food security in Mali
Project Leader: Dr Sokona Dagnoko, INGO Sasakawa Global 2000 (Mali), Consortium partners: Dr Ousmane Niangaly, Department of Agricultural Sciences and Technolologies, Polytechnique Rural Institute of Training and Applied Research (IPR/IFRA), (Mali); Dr Peter Gildemacher, The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), The Netherlands.

Availing stocks of foundation seed in adequate quantities is desperately needed in Mali for farmers to reap the benefits of sowing certified seed. This project will bring together extension and advisory services, researchers, farmers, and seed companies to test foundation seed production models for efficacy, effectiveness, sustainability, profitability and seed quality. The best model will be promoted and farmers’ capacity in seed production and commercialization strengthened, for increased crop production and productivity. >> PROJECT PAGE

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia
Official title: Healthy Cows – Healthy Food – Healthy Environment: Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia with a focus on antibiotic residues
Project leader: Dr Daniel Temesgen, Consortium partners: Dr Getachew Gebru, Ethiopian Society of Animal Production - ESAP (Ethiopia), Dr M.J. Groot - Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands), Gifawessen Tessema - Director special support Regions Ministry of Livestock and Fishery (Ethiopia), K. van 't Hooft MSc - Dutch Farm Experience (The Netherlands)

This project aims to implement and embed the best practices for producing healthy milk in Ethiopia. It combines experience in community based breeding systems to develop a more resilient cow, the use of medicinal herbs for reduction of the use of antibiotics, education of women farmers to tend herbal gardens, and strengthening the capacity for milk quality control. Knowledge is achieved and sustained through interaction between farmers, scientists and government from Ethiopia, Netherlands and India. >> PROJECT PAGE

Source: NWO