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Improving income and nutrition in eastern and southern Africa by enhancing vegetable-based farming and food systems in peri-urban corridors

This project aims 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 will improve vegetable variety and seed supply systems, enhance crop management practices, and develop a more effective value chain. Research will assess and promote technologies and practices to produce more and safer vegetables. It will evaluate and deploy improved varieties and high quality seed for selected vegetables. It will assess the feasibility of value adding and processing options, particularly post-harvest storage. It will also build capacity to strengthen national vegetable research and development.
The project will operate via 'Best Practice Hubs' as centres to demonstrate crop trials, post-harvest handling techniques and other interventions. These hubs will serve as an educational base for vegetable farmers, while also attracting traders and the wider public. Research data will also help policy makers to formulate policies.