|Title:||Enhancing nutrition security and incomes through adding value to indigenous vegetables in East and Central Uganda.|
|Partners:||Uganda Christian University, FARMGAIN AFRICA, CHAIN UGANDA, Natural Resources Institute / University of Greenwich UK|
|Duration:||September 2014 – September 2017|
|Funded by||EU through Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) under the Promotion of African and European Partnerships in Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD)|
Lead Partner: (UCU) Uganda Christian University.
The Department of Agricultural Sciences, UCU has got support from the EU for three years through an initiative of the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) funded through Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). PAEPARD supports sustained partnership that mobilizes resources for priority projects that combine African and European institutional and financial resources for mutually advantageous projects.
Uganda Christian University (UCU), Department of Agricultural Sciences and Entrepreneurship in partnership with: Farmgain Africa
This project is about increasing consumption of indigenous vegetables which, despite being rich in certain essential vitamins and minerals, are not very much consumed hence leading to qualitative malnutrition mostly among children and women. This project intends to improve post-harvest handling of indigenous African vegetables in order to prolong their shelf life and hence increase their consumption in nutritionally vulnerable populations while increasing revenue of those engaged in their production.
Progress of project by work package
Work package 1: Varieties of indigenous vegetables with longer shelflife and processing potential identified and profiled
- Countrywide participatory identification and collecting of indigenous vegetables with good post harvest traits and desired consumer preferences.
- Characterisation, profiling and field multiplication of the collection is ongoing at UCU
Work package 2: Appropriate processing and handling mechanisms/technologies for indigenous vegetables adopted
- Participatory identification of processing & handling technologies used for indigenous vegetables.
- Laboratory testing of existing processing & handling technologies.
- Participatory testing of processing & handling technologies in field with end users.
- Pilot study of selected processing & handling technologies with volunteers
- A charcoal cooler for prolonging shelflife of harvested vegetables has been developed and is undergoing test and evaluations for its efficiency and economic benefits
Work package 3: Appropriate delivery pathways of value-added indigenous vegetables established.
- Farmer groups to engage in the value chain of indigenous vegetables have been identified and profiled
- A baseline survey has been conducted on the current status of indigenous vegetables in Uganda
Work package 4: Information sharing mechanisms on utilization of indigenous vegetables established
- The project team members have trained and linked to the FARA/PAEPARD information sharing tool www.//paepard.org /osiris
- Project team have been trained in radio presentation skills
- Project team members have been hosted on several live radio shows to talk about the project as well as importance of indigenous vegetables in diets
- A TV documentary on indigenous vegetables in Uganda has been produced
- Several posters and brochures on each of these work packages has been produced