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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Promoting consumption of African Leafy Vegetables and fish in urban Kisumu

The main goal of the Kisumu Food System Lab is to improve diets of consumers in urban Kisumu, especially the resource-poor consumers, through increased consumption of African Leafy Vegetables (ALVs) and fish. Our Food System Lab will bring together stakeholders of the two value chains and aim to address value chain constraints limiting consumption of these two commodities, such as non-availability, non-affordability, and seasonality. 

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Focus on informal food markets in Lusaka

The goal of the Lusaka Food System Lab is to give all residents better nutrition and health through a wide range of healthy diverse local foods. The Lab has a focus on the participation of the informal food traders and vendors, because of their critical role in the local food system.   

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Chongwe district supplying diverse, nutritious and healthy vegetables for Lusaka markets

Chongwe is a semi-rural district next to Zambia’s capital city Lusaka. It is one of the two largest suppliers of fresh vegetables to Lusaka. Our vision for the Chongwe Food System Lab is that in 10 years, the farmers in Chongwe venture into sustainable vegetable production which means that more safe (chemical free), diverse, nutritious and healthy vegetables will be grown, sold and consumed. 

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Visioning sustainable production and consumption of nutritious food in Fort Portal

The Toro Region where the Fort Portal Food System Lab operates has the highest rates of stunting (40.6%) in Uganda. The statistics present a big contradiction because the same region is considered a food basket, exporting food to the neighbouring cities and countries. The increased malnutrition rates have been attributed to people’s overconsumption of monotonous diets, consisting primarily of bananas as a leading staple food. 

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