Project vows to improve Africa’s agriculture

A new Horizon 2020 project named InnovAfrica has vowed to take an innovative and integrated approach to improve food and nutrition security for African smallholders through climate adaptability.

The project aims to integrate sustainable agriculture intensification systems and innovative institutional approaches with novel extension and advisory services.

By adopting these techniques the project hopes to strengthen the adaptive capacity of smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa, thus contributing to their productivity, profitability and nutritional benefits while at the same time reducing environmental impacts.

InnovAfrica aims to gain a better understanding of the needs and opportunities of existing sustainable agriculture intensification systems, thereby strengthening the innovation capacity of farmers to implement these systems.

The project also seeks to improve selected product value chains through viable innovative institutional approaches, benefiting rural women and youth in particular.

InnovAfrica is a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort with 16 partners from Europe and Africa. Dr Udaya Sekhar Nagothu from The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy (NIBIO) is the project co-ordinator.

Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa make out the case countries.

With a total budget of €4.8m, the project will last four years.