The Baofood Project

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).

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BAOFOOD MSc Food Science and Nutrition student wins best poster award at the 4th International Congress on Hidden Hunger

Ms Momanyi Dorah, one of our Master students involved in the BAOFOOD project at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya recently was awarded with the best poster award at the 4th International Congress on Hidden Hunger which took place from February 27 – March 1, 2019 at the University of Hohenheim in … Continue reading BAOFOOD MSc Food Science and Nutrition student wins best poster award at the 4th International Congress on Hidden Hunger

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World Baobab Congress 2019 in Erlangen

Organised by the African Baobab Alliance the first Baobab Congress took place in Erlangen on the 11th of February alongside the BioFach trade fair. A variety of participants ranging from baobab producers, food manufactures as well as researchers were present. Current trends in the market of baobab products as well as recent research findings, including … Continue reading World Baobab Congress 2019 in Erlangen

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Farmer trainings conducted in Kilifi, Kenya

Under the lead of the NGO partner Wild Living Resources and supported by project partners Phytotrade Africa and Baobab Social Business the next farmer trainings were successfully conducted from the 4th to the 12th of December 2018. These trainings brought together 40 farmers with baobab trees on their lands. The trainings aimed at filling knowledge … Continue reading Farmer trainings conducted in Kilifi, Kenya

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