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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 2020

FOODLAND FOOD and Local, Agricultural, and Nutritional Diversity

Food Local Diversity Agriculture

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : FOODLAND FOOD and Local, Agricultural, and Nutritional Diversity

Code du projet : ID : 862802

Durée : 1 September 2020 // 31 August 2024

Descriptif
The EU-funded FOODLAND project will adopt interdisciplinary research methods to enhance the diversity of food production and consumption in six African countries. The project will create a network of 14 local Food Hubs - paired with 14 separate cities - to mobilise relevant actors in urban and peri-urban communities and serve as injection points for introducing innovations. By bridging food production with consumption, the project will reinforce the productivity and resilience of food supply chains and create new market opportunities at both the local and global scales. Benefiting both African and European consumers, the project aims to provide them with traditional-based, healthy, nutritious foods, while encouraging the diffusion of African diets and aiding the fight against malnutrition, particularly in women and childre

Objectif
FOODLAND aims at enhancing the diversity of food production and consumption in six African countries displaying different stages of the nutrition transition. To this end, FOODLAND will create a network of 14 local Food Hubs that will aggregate relevant actors and serve as injection points for the introduction of innovations. FOODLAND has identified specific objectives addressing the organizational, technological, and nutritional needs of the local African food systems to be reached during the four-year project duration : 1. to detect behaviour and preferences of consumers and producers, in order to customize innovations to local sensitiveness ; 2. to develop and implement organizational innovations, aimed at boosting coordination among food operators ; 3. to develop, test, and validate (open) technological innovations in laboratory and in the field ; 4. to disseminate knowledge of solutions towards malnutrition reduction and innovations. Through participative approaches in the Food Hubs, FOODLAND will create and validate (TRL 5) 12 prototypes for crop and fish farming and food processing systems that will deliver 17 novel food products. FOODLAND will empower smallholder farmers and food operators, will foster nutrition-responsive and sustainable agro-biodiversity, will reinforce the productivity and resilience of food supply chains, and will create new market opportunities at both the local and global scales, thereby encouraging the flourishing of rural communities. These achievements will benefit both African and European consumers by providing them with traditional-based, healthy, nutritious foods, while encouraging the diffusion of African diets and aiding the fight against malnutrition, particularly in women and children

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Budget
Coût total : € 6 999 086,75
Contribution UE : € 6 999 086,75

CORDIS

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