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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

At the Best Practice Hub, Madiira Farm, Tanzania, VINESA participants learn the skills to produce and market vegetables. The project encourages young people to look at farming as a business opportunity.

At the Best Practice Hub, Madiira Farm, Tanzania, VINESA participants learn the skills to produce and market vegetables. The project encourages young people to look at farming as a business opportunity.

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.

Joshua is among the many young people in Tanzania who have learned vegetable production skills with a market focus from the VINESA project. With pepper harvests like these, he is sure to find good prices for his produce from traders.

Joshua is among the many young people in Tanzania who have learned vegetable production skills with a market focus from the VINESA project. With pepper harvests like these, he is sure to find good prices for his produce from traders.

Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania
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Project Director:
Dr. Thomas Dubois,
World Vegetable Center Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA)

Project Manager:
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

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!)