Horticulture-for-Improved-Nutrition

Horn of Africa Food System Resilience

Project Summary

Horn of Africa Food System Resilience: Making Horticulture Work for Healthier Diets and Income Generation in Protracted Crises

Uganda | 2021–2023

Context and Project Objective

Much of the Horn of Africa region is experiencing protracted food crises, resulting in rising hunger and undernutrition. More sustainable horticulture can contribute to food system resilience. 

The Horn of Africa Food System Resilience project aims to increase the capacity of service providers in Somaliland, South Sudan, and Sudan to share improved knowledge on sustainable and scalable vegetable production, thereby improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and improving nutrition for communities. Using a training-of-trainers approach, this project will train university and technical education instructors, agricultural extension providers, and other sector professionals—with special attention to women and youth—through Wageningen University online learning and on a learning site in the West Nile region of Uganda. The project will provide advice and training for a wide range of common vegetable crops, introducing participants to best practices for all aspects of production and exposing them to extension methodologies being used in local communities. 

This is an Orange Knowledge Programme institutional collaboration project (ICP).

Outcomes

  • Training curriculum developed, as well as five crop guides and five technical guides adapted for local use
  • Learning site established in West Nile region for training sector professionals from other countries on profitable and sustainable vegetable production practices 
  • 20 sector professionals from Somaliland, South Sudan, and Sudan trained in horticulture best practices
  • 4,376 farmers trained in horticulture best practices

EWS-KT Partners

Funding partner: Orange Knowledge Programme, a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed by Nuffic Global Development

Implementing partner: Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Project Period

1 March 2021 – 31 March 2023 

Location

Uganda: West Nile (learning site)