HORTINLEA – SP9 Poverty, Vulnerability and Coping of Vegetable Producers and Consumers in Rural and Urban Areas of East-Africa and Project Coordination

The reduction of hunger and poverty is one of the most serious challenges the global community is confronted with. In addtion, several billions of people suffer from the so-called “hidden hunger”, i.e., an inadequate supply of vital micronutrients such as vitamins or minerals. Especially in Sub-Saharan Africa there is nearly no progress recognized during the last decade. The growing demand for food must be met against a backdrop of rising global temperatures and changing patterns of precipitation. These changing climatic conditions will affect crop growth as well as livestock performance, the availability of water and the functioning of ecosystem services. Diversification into horticulture can contribute to poverty alleviation and improvement of diets through several pathways: (1) Horticultural crops can play a vital role in solving the global micronutrient crisis. (2) Horticultural crop production creates income opportunities because the production is very labour intense and value chains are more differentiated and (3) it can help to improve the situation of women in particular. Sub-project 9 aims is to understand, in an interdisciplinary and dynamic way, the role of horticultural value chains in poverty, vulnerability, and coping of households and individuals. In so doing, the sub-project aims to create the necessary knowledge that contributes to the overall objective of the project- namely, improving food security, well-being and livelihoods of vegetable producers and consumers. “HORTINLEA Project Coordination” is focusing on the interdisciplinary coordination of the Consortium and safeguards the achievement of project objectives.

Principal investigators
Bokelmann, Wolfgang Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. (Details) (Economics of Horticultural Production)


Duration of project
Start date: 07/2013
End date: 12/2018

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