After receiving the final approval the SLE is pleased to announce the official start of the NUTRiGREEN project. Funded through the ERA NET FOSC, NUTRiGREEN is a €0.8 million three-year project, aiming to contribute to sustainable development by enriching diets with traditional plants, to improve the health, nutrition and income of the local populations. By strengthening agroecological farming production methods for the cultivation of traditional plants, in the two project Zitenga in Burkina Faso and Thies in Senegal, will generate income, will reduce food insecurity and will improve biodiversity; by upgrading and organising resilient value chains, which are efficient and generate income for farmers and stakeholders. Core plants the project will focus on include spiederplant (Cleome gynandra L.), Jute Mallow (Corchorus olitorius L.) and Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.), amongst others. In the process NUTRiGREEN will train young entrepreneurs to develop business models, as well as heavily engage and foster young academics such as over 42 Master and two PhD students. Results will be disseminated via links to national and regional initiatives, government bodies and our extensive partner network as well as the local popular media, scientific journals, conferences, a three-day NUTRiGREEN conference and exhibition, the dedicated NUTRiGREEN website and other relevant internet-based fora.

NUTRiGREEN is a collaboration between African and European institutions, Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), in Senegal; and National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CNRST), in Burkina Faso; The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden; and the Centre for Rural Development at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. In addition to the two African project partners, NUTRiGREEN will develop collaboration with a number of local, national and regional institutions and organisations and will connect with on-going relevant grassroots projects in order to achieve its objectives and establish a basis for further relevant research and innovative initiatives in the region.


Dr. Judith Henze

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