Proceedings of the SLU Africa Food Security Research Symposium 2012. Outcomes of a Swedish Government Initiative

Last changed: 19 December 2016

In October 2010 the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocated specific funding to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) for work to support global food security. The allocation was done with the long-term aim to reduce hunger and malnutrition by supporting sustainably improving agricultural productivity through research and development. SLU's mission was to engage with institutions particularly in Africa, conduct high quality collaborative research and enhance the capacity development of partner institutions. Priority research areas included plant breeding, farming systems, animal health and disease control. Within the framework of this collaborative research program, a sympo- sium was held in Kampala, Uganda, in December 2012. In these proceedings, data generated from projects within the program are presented.


The Swedish Unversity of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has core competence within the agricultural sciences, including forestry and veterinary sciences. The areas of expertise cover urgent global issues such as food production, energy supply, climate change, biodiversity conservation and control of infectious diseases in animal and man.

To strengthen SLU's involvement in issues related to improving productivity in agriculture, food security and sustainable livelihood in low-income countries, the university has established the programme Agricultural Sciences for Global Development, (SLU Global). The programme's mission is to coordinate and visualize SLU's competence in research, education and expert council within the frame of the Swedish Policy for Global Development.