InnovAfrica : Innovations in Technology, Institutional and Extension Approaches towards Sustainable Agriculture and enhanced Food and Nutritional Security in Africa

Project identifier 4-INNOVAFRICA
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2017-06-01
End date 2021-05-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: PPP on improved nutritional quality
  • Cross-cutting issues: Integration of research and innovation activities
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Type of Project Personal capacity building projects
    Programme H2020-EU.
    Keyword SAI systems; Smallholders
    Location Kenya; Ethiopia; Tanzania, United Republic of; Malawi; Rwanda; South Africa
    Budget 4 794 633
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Haramaya University
  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
  • Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF)
  • University of Malawi
  • Soils Food and Healthy Communities Organization, SFHC
  • Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)
  • Modern Dairy Farmers’ Cooperative (IAKIB)
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • Tuscia University (UNITUS)
  • DLO Foundation - Alterra
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  • CIMMYT South Africa Regional Office
  • Knowledge Intelligence Applications (KIAG)
  • Project Web Site
    Documents Cordis project record


    Food and nutrition security (FNS) remains a challenge for Africa, despite efforts made in agricultural research and extension in the past, due to inefficient implementation and exchange of technologies and knowledge to end users. The main objective of InnovAfrica is to improve FNS by integrating sustainable agriculture intensification (SAI) systems, innovative institutional approaches (IIAs) with novel extension and advisory services (EASs) and enhancing smallholder adaptive capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). InnovAfrica addresses main challenges of the work programme (SFS-42-2016), through a strong multidisciplinary EU-Africa consortium of 16 partners, supported by 6 active Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) in 6 case countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa). InnovAfrica will test, integrate, and disseminate SAI systems suitable to smallholders, institutional approaches (e.g. MAPs, seed delivery systems) and EASs (e.g. dynamic knowledge platforms supported by smart phones, Village Knowledge centers). The main outcomes of InnovAfrica include: i) better understanding of the needs and opportunities of SAI systems in Africa, ii) improved knowledge and innovation capacity of farmers to implement SAI systems supported by IIAs and EASs, iii) improved product value chains through viable IIAs benefiting women and youth, iv) Innovative policies, increased knowledge of public-private partnerships to strengthen agri-business model in case countries with a view to upscaling successes in other regions through functional MAPs, v) Wider dissemination of SAI systems to smallholders and women within and outside project areas through effective use of smart phones and social media, and vi) Stronger EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership to achieve FNS. The outcomes will contribute to smallholder productivity, profitability; and nutritional benefits while reducing negative environmental impacts and enhance FNS and sustainable agriculture in Africa.