Knowledge for better food systems

New initiative explores African opportunities for sustainable food systems

Twenty three African and European research partners are involved in this new long term research and innovation partnership on the sustainable intensification of the agro-food system in Africa - PROIntensAfrica. The project is funded by the EU and its focus is on sustainably improving food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of African farmers.

The ProIntensAfrica project starts with a workshop in Accra, Ghana, in April 2015. The project will develop into the IntensAfrica programme within two years.

Read more about the project on CIRAD’s website here and Wageningen University’s website here.

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