Combating Malnutrition in Africa Through Diversification of the Food System

January 2023 to December 2028
agri-food systems
dietary diversity
environmental footprint
Opportunities Industrialization Center International En Code D'Ivoire (Côte d'Ivoire)
Kenyatta University (Kenya)
Manobi Africa (Mauritius)
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) (Kenya)
Africa Rice Center (Core d'Ivoire)
Djouka Folefack Jean Rousseau (Cameroon)
Africa Projects Development Centre Ltd (Nigeria)
Université de Dschang (Cameroon)
Food Security For Peace And Nutrition Africa (Kenya)
Entreprise En Sante Et Securite Au Travail (Cote d'Ivoire)
Research fields
Agriculture and Food Sciences
Medicine and Health Sciences

Growing sustainable food systems by diversifying food systems

The more diverse the food system is, the easier it is to combat malnutrition and maintain biodiversity while reducing its environmental footprint. The EU-funded HealthyDiets4Africa project will focus on food security in Africa, which is struggling with various forms of malnutrition (hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and non-communicable diseases caused by unbalanced nutrition). The project is based on the central hypothesis that diversification of the food system helps to combat all forms of malnutrition while minimising its environmental footprint. Specifically, it will monitor dietary diversity in eight African countries representing different regions. Based on the findings, the project will design communication and policy strategies to maximise outreach and impact of diversified food systems.