Transforming the Maize Market for Smallholder Farmers in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement

In Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement – Southwest Uganda, smallholder farmers face significant challenges in the maize market, including price fluctuations, limited market access, and exploitation by middlemen. To address these issues, Finn Church Aid (FCA) has implemented several innovative solutions through the Food System Lab Rwamwanja (FSL-RW).  FSL-RW is one of the 10 Food System Labs in […]

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A few years later: Transforming Nairobi’s informal settlements through urban farming

A few years later…   By David Osogo, African Population and Health Research Center   Shakur Njeru, a community leader in Nairobi’s Viwandani informal settlement, has become a Twitter sensation with his regular tweets about the Kansoul Farm, as they fondly refer to their Urban Farming Training and Resource Center. Shakur leads the Viwandani Comprehensive […]

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Using Policy To Create An Enabling Environment For Thriving Food Systems

Mangiza Chirwa, Hivos Since the beginning of the project, the Lusaka FSL has been working towards creating an enabling environment for the provision of healthy food in Lusaka through the involvement of multi-stakeholder actors operating in Lusaka’s food system. The FSL engaged the mayors’ office to create time for dialogue with traders to express their […]

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Measuring Nutrition: Standardizing Utensils and Food Photos for Women and Kids

Netsanet Fentahun, Yonatan Menber, Melkamu Alemayehu, Gashaw Tilahun, Enyew Adgo Procedures of household utensils and Food photographs standardization Improving nutrition and health by changing consumption patterns to sustained healthy diets is one of the aims of the Food System Lab Bahir Dar. By linking food production and consumption, the project sought to enhance women’s and […]

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Cultivating Progress: FSL Rwamwanja’s Transformative Impact in Uplifting Farmers

Text: Linda Kabuzire Videos: Kadlah Nabakembo The Rwamwanja Food System Lab (FSL-RW) is one of the 10 Food System Labs under the EU-funded HealthyFoodAfrica (HFA) research project. Directed by Finn Church Aid, FSL Rwamwanja has proven to be a transformative force in the lives of smallholder farmers in the Rwamwanja refugee settlement in southwest Uganda. […]

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Encouraging positive development and empowerment in communities in Northern Ghana

In Pagaza Community, Northern Ghana, a youth ambassador takes center stage in the school garden—an essential source of veggies for the school kitchen, aimed at enhancing nutrition for local children. Simultaneously, in Gbabshie community, Tamale, a dedicated Field Officer collaborates with a VSLA group during a pivotal meeting, working towards transformative savings to bolster economic […]

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Creating change through nutrition and education initiatives in Northern Ghana

Author: Victor Yakubu In the Datoyili community in northern Ghana, schoolchildren and their teachers are working together to harvest lettuce – not just for lunch, but to improve everyone’s health. Meanwhile, head teachers and youth ambassadors are getting a refresher on how to make the school garden and nutrition education even better. A quarterly meeting […]

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Developing the Chongwe vegetable value chain

Author: Mangiza Chirwa, Hivos Chongwe, located about 46 kilometres from Lusaka, is one of the largest suppliers of vegetables to Lusaka. Despite this, access to markets is still a major challenge for the smallholder farmers in Chongwe supported by the HFA project. At the start of the project, some of the challenges identified in accessing […]

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Fort Portal Food Systems Lab commemorates The World Food Day

Author: Bwambale Bernard, Food Systems and Nutrition Programs Manager and Coordinator of Fort Portal Food Systems Lab World Food Day (WFD) is celebrated annually on 16th October around the world to reflect on the role of food for humanity. This year’s theme was “Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind”. Availability of […]

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