Malnutrition, poor diet diversity and youth migration to cities are widespread problems in eastern and southern Africa. The goal of this project is to improve nutrition as well as employment and income opportunities for peri-urban vegetable growers and their families in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It aims to improve vegetable variety and seed supply systems, enhance crop management practices and develop a more effective value chain. Research will assess and promote technologies and practices for increased and safer production of vegetables. It will evaluate and deploy improved varieties and high quality seed for selected vegetables. It will assess the feasibility of value adding and processing options, particularly postharvest storage. A strong capacity-building component is included to strengthen national vegetable research and development. The project will operate via ‘Best Practice Hubs’ as centres to demonstrate crop trials, postharvest handling techniques and other interventions. These hubs will serve as an educational base for vegetable farmers, while also attracting traders and the wider public. Research data will also be provided to policy makers to guide future policy formulation.
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