The German company africrops! recently visited the Rhine-Waal University in Kleve to exchange on baobab-related activities in Eastern and Southern Africa and discover opportunities for future cooperation. africrops! is a German supplier of fairly traded and sustainably produced plant products from Africa, particularly baobab and moringa, as well as a provider of capacity building and training activities for partners on site in Africa. Continue reading Visit of africrops! at Rhine-Waal University
Coordinated by WP4, a joint exploratory field trip was carried out by WP 2, WP 3 and WP 4 from the 17th to the 21st of October 2016 to the case study sites of Kitui, Kibwezi, Kilifi, and Kwale, Kenya. Information was collected on issues such as the collection, processing and trade of baobab products, food habits of the population (with special regard to the consumption of baobab products), as well as the growth patterns of baobab trees. Continue reading Joint exploratory field trip to Kenya (WP2-4)
First scoping visits to Kilifi as well as Kitui county in Kenya marked the beginning of the field activities for work package 1 (sustainable use of baobab resources, domestication). These visits demonstrated that the fruiting season at the coast is currently taking place and, therefore, research activities to map the trees and assess their morphological intra-specific diversity are currently being planned in detail. Unfortunately in the Kitui area no fruits could be observed at this stage so the sampling activities have been postponed to April 2017. Continue reading Start of WP1 field activities in Kenya
Members from the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science visited Malawi to kick-off the cooperation with local project partner Mzuzu University. Two Master students have just joined here and will conduct their thesis research within the project framework, focusing on the advanced baobab processing sector in Malawi. Continue reading Notes from the field: visit to Malawi September 2016
Three BAOFOOD project partners were present at the Tropentag conference 2016, which took place in Vienna from the 18th to the 21st of September: the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, University of Khartoum, as well as the University of Gießen. The BAOFOOD project was presented for the first time in public, illustrating background of the baobab tree and its connection to food security as well as upcoming project activities. You can download and read the abstract here.