Managing Agricultural Biodiversity for Nutrition, Health, Livelihoods and Sustainable Production Systems (Sub-Saharan Africa)

The quality of diets within Africa food systems appears to be getting worse as evidenced by the increase in micronutrient deficiencies, chronic diseases and low resistance to infectious diseases.

Building on previous experience in three countries (Bénin, Kenya, South Africa), researchers will investigate the factors responsible for malnutrition, assess existing strategies based on external nutritional elements and episodic health interventions, and explore how interventions based on local ecosystems and human resources can provide sustainable solutions to hunger and malnutrition.

The overall goal is to improve nutrition and health among the rural and urban poor through increased dietary diversity.

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Start Date

Monday, December 17, 2007

End Date

Friday, June 17, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

Gasengayire, Francois

Total funding

CA$ 501,800


Benin, Kenya, South Africa, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Patrick Maundu

Project Leader

Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre


International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (doing business as Bioversity International)

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