LEARNING TO GROW WHAT WILL SELL
VINESA: Improving income and nutrition in eastern and southern Africa by enhancing vegetable-based farming and food systems in peri-urban corridors
Start date: 24 June 2013
End date: 31 December 2017
This project researches options for improving nutrition and income by enhancing vegetable-based farming and food systems in peri-urban areas.
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 and generate youth employment and income opportunities for peri-urban vegetable growers and their families in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It aims to improve traditional and introduced vegetable varieties and seed supply systems, enhance crop management practices, and develop a more effective value chain. Research is assessing and promoting technologies and practices for increased and safer production of vegetables. Improved vegetable varieties are being evaluated and seed distributed. The project is assessing the feasibility of value adding and processing options, particularly postharvest storage.
A strong capacity-building component aims to strengthen national vegetable research and development. The project operates ‘Best Practice Hubs’ to demonstrate crop trials, postharvest handling techniques and other interventions. These hubs serve as an educational base for vegetable farmers, while also attracting traders and the wider public. The project provides training in home economics of traditional vegetable consumption.
Research data will be provided to policy makers to guide future policy formulation. The outcomes will be improved opportunities for profitable self-employment in cities, and better production and consumption of nutritious vegetables.
Dr. Thomas Dubois, World Vegetable Center Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA)
Dr. John Macharia, World Vegetable Center
Australian collaborating organization:
Applied Horticultural Research (AHR), Dr. Gordon Rogers, CEO/Adjunct Professor of Horticulture (Research Agronomist)
Partner country agencies:
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Melkassa Agricultural Research Center, Government of Ethiopia, Dr. Mohammed Yesuf, Coordinator, National Horticultural Crops Research
Africare Malawi, Ms. Grace Kamba, Project Manager
Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM), Directorate of Agronomy and Natural Resources, Government of Mozambique, Mr. Hipolito Malia, Research Officer – Entomology
Horticulture Research and Training Institute – Tengeru (HORTI), Government of Tanzania/ Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mrs. Agatha A. Aloyce, Agricultural Research Officer
International Development Enterprises (iDE), Mr. Kebede Ayele, Country Director
Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS)/Bvumbwe Agricultural Research Station, Government of Malawi/Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Thomson Chilanga, Deputy Director
International Potato Center (CIP), Mr. José Ricardo, Breeder and Seed Systems Specialist
Value Chain Management International, Dr. Benjamin Dent, expert in value chain collaboration
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Dr. Joyce Kinabo, Associate Professor (Human Nutrition), Department of Food Science and Technology
Applied Horticultural Research, Mr. Mike Titley, Vegetable Agronomist
The VINESA Project: Diversifying Diets (January 2017)
The VINESA Project: Access to Markets (January 2017)
Joshua’s Story: Producing Seed (October 2016)
Baraka’s Story: Contract Farming (October 2016)
Cooking Vegetables with VINESA! (October 2016)
Manuals and training videos
Six videos demonstrate production methods from seedling production to controlling pests (May 2016)
Lessons learned from VINESA (Fresh, 27 July 2017)
Youth is their greatest asset (Fresh, 13 March 2017)
Addressing contamination of vegetables from farm to table (Fresh, 22 July 2016)Lushoto study tour (Fresh, 22 July 2016)
VINESA builds a culture of budgeting, saving and credit (Fresh, 22 June 2016)
VINESA’s Best Practice Hubs graduate another group of young and eager farmers (Fresh, 22 June 2016)
VINESA graduates savor success from sweet peppers (Fresh, 8 April 2016)
3rd VINESA Graduation Ceremony (Fresh, 4 September 2015)
Value chain training picks up the pace in vegetable hubs (Fresh, 9 April 2014)
New project to launch hubs for horticulture in Africa (Fresh, 11 November 2013)
Twenty graduates of AVRDC’s VINESA (“Improving incomes and nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa by enhancing vegetable-based farming and food systems in peri-urban corridors”) project in Arusha, Tanzania celebrated the completion of their six-month training in vegetable production in 18 September 2014. To put into practice what they have learned, the grads formed MAYOVEGA, a self-help association.
In this short video prepared by Mwanaidi Mkwizu of ITV Tanzania, the graduates and local farmers discuss the benefits of working together to share production methods and market information.
Running time: 00:08:20 (be sure to catch the graduates’ song at 00:05:52!)