Different results from the Baofood project were presented at the Fourth World Congress on Agroforestry, which took place from the 20 – 22nd of May in Montpellier, France. Mr Ismail Adam, one of the MSc students within the project from the University of Kordofan presented his work on livelihood strategies and baobab fruit use of rural households in Kordofan, Sudan. Mr George Kaimba from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology presented first results of his PhD research (Supply response of baobab pulp to price and non-price incentives in Kenya). Furthermore, Ms Katja Kehlenbeck presented the results which were achieved in terms of characterization and domestication of baobab in Sudan and Kenya. Last but not least, Ms Katie Meinhold presented the ongoing project activities with regards to establishing the pilot baobab processing facility in in Kilifi Kenya, which made it to key-note speech in the session ‘Agroforestry in Practice’.
The BAOFOOD project partners met in Kilifi, Kenya, to discuss the progress of the project and the necessary next steps. Results from ongoing research activities were presented and upcoming surveys discussed amongst the different work streams in order to be able to finalize the project in 2019.
The site of the pilot plant was visited where construction works have already started to set up the community-based baobab processing facility for the production of high-quality baobab powder and oil with and for the local communities. This was alongside an open-day where members from the local communities showcased currently available local baobab products. Furthermore, new baobab food products such as cookies, curry sauces and savory pancakes with a potential for the local market were presented and tested.
Members from the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences visited the BIOFACH trade fair for organic food and agriculture to broaden the network with the baobab community and inform about the project. Project partners (e.g. PhytoTrade Africa) as well as different producers of baobab products (e.g. Berlin-based africrops!, B’Ayoba from Zimbabwe, Baobab Products Mozambique, EcoProducts South Africa, Biomega from Austria, or Matahi from France) and further potential scientific collaborators (e.g. Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin) were met and opportunities for further collaborations explored.
Meeting Sarah Venter from EcoProducts South Africa (left), the africrops! team and Prof Schweikart from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (right), as well as Gabriele Fernsebner from Biomega (below)
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
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.
Ensuring a sustainable food supply through the African baobab tree
The research project BAOFOOD is dedicated to improving the food supply and situation in rural east Africa through the remarkable baobab tree. The project kicked off with an initial workshop in June 2016, which brought researchers and project partners from renowned international institutions to Kleve. Continue reading BAOFOOD kick-off workshop at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science
Ensuring a sustainable food supply in Eastern Africa with the baobab tree
BAOFOOD, an international research project led by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and conducted in collaboration with research institutions, NGOs and industry in Germany, Kenya, Sudan, Malawi and the UK, is off to a successful start. The project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), is dedicated to improving and ensuring the food supply in Eastern Africa through the unique baobab tree. Continue reading Green light for BAOFOOD