The iconic baobab tree, also commonly known as monkey-bread tree or upside-down tree, occurs naturally throughout the drier parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Many parts of the tree (such as the fruit, leaves, or the seeds) can be used as a food source. The fruit pulp in particular is interesting from a nutritional point of view due to its high contents of vitamin C and minerals as well as pre-biotic and antioxidant properties – which is why it is currently gaining an international reputation as a ‘superfood’.
However, the great potential baobab can have in Eastern Africa on improving local diets and livelihoods is not yet fully recognized. The species is currently regarded as underutilised, due to poorly developed value chains and marketing pathways, inconsistent qualities in plant raw materials, or lack of cultivation and processing technologies.
The BAOFOOD project, therefore, aims at promoting the use, processing and market development of baobab for improved food/nutrition security and rural livelihoods in Kenya and the Sudan. In order to ensure a sufficient and sustainable supply of highly nutritious baobab products for the local communities in the target regions the research activities will touch on all parts of the value chain, from biological and ecological enquiries into the baobab tree, to the production, marketing, and consumption of baobab foodstuffs and products. More details on the research activities can be found in the respective work package descriptions in which the project is organised.
The project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on the decision of the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Federal Office of Agriculture and Food (BLE).
The BAOFOOD project partners met again in El Obeid, Sudan, to discuss the progress of the project and the necessary next steps. Hosted at the University of Kordofan, results from ongoing research activities were presented and upcoming surveys discussed amongst the different work streams. Trips to the field, such as baobab distribution areas as well … Continue reading BAOFOOD Consortium Meeting September 2017
Baobab-pulp contains significant amounts of iron and vitamin C, which possibly enhances the bioavailability of iron. The baobab intervention study investigates the role of vitamin C from baobab-pulp in alleviating iron deficiency problems. The study, which took place in a school in Nairobi over 11 weeks, has recently been completed. During the intervention, each child … Continue reading Baobab intervention study in Nairobi completed
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