This project aimed to improve nutrition, employment and income opportunities for vegetable growers and their families in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania's peri-urban areas, the outskirts of cities.
Malnutrition, poor diet diversity and youth migration to cities are widespread problems in eastern and southern Africa. Residents undertake agriculture on the fringes of cities (peri-urban areas), often using resources (land, water, energy, labour) that could serve other purposes to satisfy the urban population's needs.
This project improved vegetable variety and seed supply systems, enhanced crop management practices, and developed a more effective value chain. Research assessed and promoted technologies and practices to produce more and safer vegetables. It evaluated and deployed improved varieties and high quality seed for selected vegetables. It assessed the feasibility of value adding and processing options, particularly post-harvest storage. It also built capacity to strengthen national vegetable research and development.
The project operated via 'Best Practice Hubs' as centres to demonstrate crop trials, post-harvest handling techniques and other interventions. These hubs served as an educational base for vegetable farmers, while also attracting traders and the wider public. Research data also help policy makers to formulate policies.