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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