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Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa

African indigenous vegetables (AIVs; sometimes also termed African leafy vegetables, ALVs) have a great potential for effective poverty reduction and as a source of income for smallholders in Kenya, but this potential is currently underused. Cultivation of these leafy vegetables can have a positive effect on the local economy and could become an important part of a balanced diet for the inhabitants of the poorer regions of the country. As part of the German-Kenyan joint research project HORTINLEA, research has been ongoing since 2013 into the various factors relevant to food security within the AIV value chain. HORTINLEA is an interdisciplinary project comprising many different German and African partners. The project involves developing strategies to increase the production, quality, marketing and consumption of indigenous leafy vegetable species and to improve the efficiency of value chains. The ultimate aim of these activities is to contribute to a reduction in 'hidden hunger' and to improve the nutritional quality of food.

SLE coordinates two of the 14 sub-projects within the resrach association. Overall coordination is headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfang Bokelmann at Faculty of Life Sciences of th Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Cooperation Structur of HORTINLEA

HORTINLEA Partnerstruktur

Project leader: Dr. Susanne Neubert

Project coordinator: Dr. Emil Gevorgyan, Dr. Silke Stöber
Duration of project: 2013-2018 (3+2 years)


Role of the SLE:

The SLE is leading two sub-projects within the overall interdisciplinary research partnership.

Sub-project 8, 'Climate Change and Ecological Sustainability of Horticultural Value Chains'


Sub-project 13 'Transferring research results into policies and practice'