This challenge will focus on how poor households can have better access to safe and nutritious food. This includes food loss in the various stages of production, aspects of food safety and how to connect smallholder farmers to markets.
Smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia face many challenges related to pre- and post-harvest losses, connecting to markets, and access to nutritious and safe food. This results in large parts of the population suffering from micronutrient deficiencies, where mostly women and children are affected.
Approximately one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption gets lost or wasted every year. Reduction of these enormous food losses is thus one critical component of improving food security in SSA and South and SE Asia. Furthermore, inadequate food safety resulting in food borne diseases have serious implications on livelihoods and consumer health. Smallholder farmers also face challenges when it comes to accessing markets.
This might be of special importance for women who often are side stepped in the food value chain. A focus of this AgriFoSe2030 challenge will cover aspects of how households in poor communities can have better access to safe and nutritious food. It will also focus of food loss in the various stages of production such as harvest, storage and transportation, and aspects of food safety and how to prevent, detect and respond to threats caused by food borne diseases.
Another focus area will be on how to connect smallholder farmers to markets to increase their income and productivity and ability to respond to increasing demands for safe and nutritious food.
Projects in Challenge 1
- Sustainable goat management in Laos:
Full name: Smallholder goat production in Laos – improving quality of
extension services and access to markets
Start date: December 2020. End date: 31 Dec 2022
About: The project aims to improve the quality of extension services and access to markets for smallholder goat farmers in Laos and thereby improve goat production and increase access to goat meat for the consumers.
- Edible insects’ production and trade in Zimbabwe:
Full name: Improving market access and scaling up trading of safe and
nutritious edible insects by women and youths in Zimbabwe
Start date: May 2021 End date: May 2023
About: The overall aim of the project is to enable women and young people in Zimbabwe to sustainably operate insect businesses to produce safe and nutritious insect-based food. The project seeks to empower women and youth to actively participate in the development of the insect value chain, provide consumers with a nutritious and safe food source, as well as improve their income.
- Gender and livestock value chains in dairy sector in Uganda:
Full name: Gender-based approaches for improving food safety, value
addition and marketing in livestock systems in western Uganda
Start date: September 2021. End date: September 2023
About: The aim of the project is to empower women to produce and market safe milk products, do value addition and be able to access lucrative markets to increase household incomes and improve food security in smallholder households in western Uganda.
- Transformation of pastoral livelihoods in Kenya: (Challenge 1 & 4)
Full name: Transformation of pastoral livelihoods through enhanced capacity for adaptation of nutrition and commercialisation policies to local contexts: West Pokot-Kenya
Start date: June 2021. End date: June 2023
About: The aim of the project is to support livelihood transformation through;
a) local decision-maker awareness creation and policy change on the
concept of food security and the local strategies for its achievement and; b) capacity building of pastoralists and their institutions in order to improve value addition, market access, profitability of livelihood strategies and ensure food and nutrition diversity and security so that poor smallholders can have stable access to and consume safe and nutritious food.