GlobE Pan-African Conference & Final UFP Workshop in Kenya, December 2018

The final GlobE conference took place in Naivasha, Kenya on the 3rd and 4th of December 2018 with around 250 participants from African countries and Germany. In plenary presentations and exhibitions outputs from the six GlobE projects were presented. In four parallel dialogue sessions participants discussed potential uptake and upscaling of GlobE research results.

Following the GlobE conference, a final workshop of the UrbanFoodPlus project was held at Egerton University on the 6th and 7th of December 2018.

The UFP team at Egerton University

Technical and multi-stakeholder workshop in Tamale, March 2018

A technical and multi-stakeholder workshop was conducted at UDS Tamale Campus from March 7 – 9, 2018. On the first day several UFP scientists presented major research findings, and in the evening project participants were invited for a discussion at the local radio station in Tamale. The second day started with a short keynote address by Mr Iddrisu Musah, Mayor of Tamale, which was followed by a stakeholder workshop, facilitated by Rene van Veenhuizen (RUAF) and Zakaria Abdul-Rashid (UrbaNet). The stakeholders included city authorities, traditional authorities, national reserach institutions, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, farmer unions, food vendors, transport operators, local NGO's and financial institutions. The stakeholders discussed UFP research outputs and the way forward for a Strategic City Agenda for Urban Agriculture Development in Tamale. The last day was dedicated to a field visit of the Central Field Experiment in Zagyuiri, and a city tour to visit the main markets of Tamale. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Abdul-Halim Abubakari (UDS) and Dr. Sophie Graefe (UFP).

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Scientific presentations
Project members at local radio station
Group picture with the Major of Tamale
Visit of the Central Field Experiment
Demonstration of biochar production

Project movie now also available in French, February 2018

Nourrir la ville: L’agriculture urbaine en Afrique de l’Ouest

Project movie presented at GlobE Status Seminar, October 2017

Feeding the City: Urban Agriculture in West Africa

Modifications of the field experiments in Ouagadougou and Tamale, July 2016

The field experiments in Ouagadougou and Tamale were modified in June and July. The soils in Tamale received additional organic inputs in form of biochar and compost. Read more at “Field Experiments”.

Experimental field in Tamale, Ghana
DECO compost

Baseline Survey in Bamako, November 2016

In November 2016, a team from PointSud completed a section of data collection for a baseline survey of UPA in Bamako. Dr. Issa Fofana, alongside Bakary Traoré, Imogen Bellwood-Howard and Oumar Dembelé used random spatial sampling to locate and survey 100 isolated fields in Bamako and its environs. The aim of the survey was to measure the area of these fields and georeference the agronomic and socioeconomic data collected by the team. These particular data will be compared to that collected in the other two savanna towns, Tamale and Ouagadougou, to compare differences in crop mix, use of agricultural resources and household characteristics. To explain these differences, qualitative data was collected in the isolated field sites in Bamako as well as open-space farming sites. These data complement those already collected by PointSud on open space sites and peri-urban irrigated vegetable farming in and around Bamako.

UDS Stipend Students' Seminar, November 2015

UFP stipend students at the University for Development Studies held a seminar, organised by Dean George Nyarko, to present their masters’ thesis work to UFP and UDS staff. On 3rd November 2015, the students presented on the field work that they had undertaken with the support of a stipend. The subjects treated included the effects of biochar on maize, participatory evaluation of biochar production and access to soil fertility management resources in Tamale. The students were part of a group across the sub-region who received UFP stipends in 2015.

Summer School at RUB, September 2014

The Summer School was formally opened on Monday morning. Our research results were in the focus of the poster session on Monday morning and in the plenary sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Several workshop programs and strategic planning sessions provided opportunity to learn and to plan future activities.

Sixty participants, including 13 representatives from 8 African partner organizations (INERA, RUAF, UDS, SHUMAS, IER, Point Sud, UG, CSIR) and two international partners (AVRDC, IWMI) participated at the UFP Summer School 2015.

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September/October 2014 Summer School in Tamale, Ghana

The PhD students presented their research progress which was discussed with international experts. West African research partners presented their research and the biochar workshop strengthened collaboration with UFP partner institutions as well as with other projects (Bebi, BiocharPlus and Abokobi Society) working in West Africa.

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BMBF Africa Days, 16-18 March 2014

The Africa Days were hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin from 16 to 18 March 2014. The event was used to showcase current and future BMBF research initiatives conducted in cooperation with African partners. The event was also a forum of interdisciplinary exchange, with some 450 experts discussing research questions. Download the pamphlet here.

UFP was represented by 18 scientists from 4 Universities. The current project status was presented and discussed.

UFP presented at the General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Ghana Institute of Horticulturists (GhIH), September 2013

Each year, the GhIH holds an Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference in September to dialogue, share experiences and provide economically viable solutions to issues that enhance the development of horticulture in Ghana. The conference was held from 12th to 14th September, 2013 at the Academic Board Chamber of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale,  under the theme “Production and Consumption of Vegetables and Fruits: The Wealth and Health of a Nation”.

Christoph Steiner was invited to present the UFP project.

September 2013, Kick-off Meetings in Burkina Faso and Ghana

UFP was initiated in Burkina Faso and Ghana.

UFP presented at FAO, Rome, September 2013

Christoph Steiner was invited to for a keynote speech at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. The UFP research project was presented with representatives of FAO, ACP, African Union, UNIDO, ECOWAS, BEBI project partners, and NGOs.

August 2013 Summer School in Witzenhausen

The PhD students presented their research proposals. Project partners form West Africa and the IWMI provided an informative introduction to urban agriculture, urban sanitation challenges and waste water irrigation.

July 2013, Summer School in Bochum

The UFP project was introduced and discussed among all PhD students, postdocs and principal investigators at the University of Bochum.