FSL Nairobi builds the capacity of community organized groups in innovative urban farming and agribusiness

HealthyFoodAfrica’s Food System Lab Nairobi aims to promote small-scale crop and livestock farming by supporting women and youth community organized groups in Korogocho and Viwandani slums in Nairobi. In fall 2021 a one-week training was organized for 25 selected groups. Authors: Everlyn Kasina, Antonina Mutoro, David Osogo, Faith Kathoka, Maureen Gitagia, Florence Sipalla, Michelle Mbuthia, […]

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FSL Accra works every day to bring new healthy and affordable food products to market

Authors: Amy Atter, Ethel J. Blessie, Stephen Nketia, Seth K. Agyakwah and Queronica Q. Quartey The Accra Food System Lab (FSL) in Ghana has been developing new nutritious food products from local underused ingredients. The 45 developed products were introduced to a group of stakeholders who gave valuable feedback to help develop the products further.  […]

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The daily work in Chongwe: Promoting sustainable organic farming

Author: Mangiza Chongo, Hivos Chongwe is one of the major suppliers of fruits and vegetables to the population of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. In 2015, a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and RUAF on City Region Food Systems revealed that only 25% of smallholder farmers in the study area (city region […]

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Women drying maize

A typical day in Rwamwanja Food System Lab is all about maize

Author: Linda Kabuzire, Finn Church Aid Food System Lab (FSL) Rwamwanja is located in Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Western Uganda. The refugee settlement hosts mainly refugees from Eastern DRC. A typical day at the FSL includes a series of activities focusing on increasing maize volumes, enhancing grain quality, and enhancing market access – a market […]

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Promoting backyard fish farming and healthy fish products in Accra

Authors of the blog: Seth Koranteng Agyakwah, Amy Atter, Stephen Nketia, Ruby Asmah, Emmanuel Mensah and Queronica Q. Quartey Over 70% of Accra city dwellers depend on fish as their source of animal protein intake. Unfortunately, many communities do not have adequate access to healthy nutritious fish-based foods. Most fish products are of poor quality […]

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Improving the diets of children with school gardens in Cotonou

Authors of the blog post: Bodjrenou Sam and Amoussa Hounkpatin Waliou Feeding school children in public primary schools is a challenge in Benin. Indeed, due to the limited financial power of parents, many schoolchildren do not manage to benefit from an adequate diet, and this has a negative impact on their intellectual performance and school […]

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Women of Rwamwanja refugee settlement, photo Sharon Shaba

Empowering smallholder farmers for sustainable maize production and increased incomes in Rwamwanja refugee settlement

Authors: Elias Katereiha & Erik Nyström Several smallholder farmers grow maize in Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Uganda. The product has growing markets in nearby areas. Still, due to low productivity and an absence of associative organizations or other platforms for sharing knowledge and empowering local farmers, the markets are not profitable. Several opportunities to increase […]

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Tackling children food insecurity in Tamale

The main goal of Tamale Food System Lab is to raise awareness about food and nutrition security for innovative food products and for improved child nutrition. This is because food and nutrition insecurity among children remain common phenomena in the HealthyFoodAfrica project communities.

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Maximizing the potential of Bahir Dar area in healthy food production

The main goal of Bahir Dar Food System Lab is to increase the production and productivity of different food stuffs including fish, legumes and vegetables in areas around Bahir Dar city including Koga Irrigation Scheme by introducing innovations to producers, and consciously promoting the utilization of such food stuffs in the project areas.

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Promoting access to nutritious food in Nairobi urban poor settings

Malnutrition remains a serious public health challenge in slums of Nairobi. Malnutrition is attributable to limited access to adequate, safe and nutritious food. Evidence generated by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) points to high levels of food insecurity and undernutrition especially among young children, women and adolescents in Korogocho and Viwandani slums in Nairobi.

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