Project Research


GlobE-UrbanFoodPlus - African-German partnership to enhance resource use efficiency in urban and peri-urban agriculture for improved food security in West African cities

African food security not only depends on productivity increases in marginal rural areas, but also on a more efficient use of niche environments such as (peri-)urban zones where due to close market linkages between producers and consumers innovations are more easily adopted. There urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) covers 5% to 36% of a city’s total food supply and up to 90% of its fresh vegetable consumption. However, little is known about how to overcome problems in resource use efficiencies, negative externalities, and UPA-related income effects on gender or different population groups. The multi-disciplinary UrbanFoodPlus network of German, African, and international scientists, private sector representatives, and stakeholders aims at developing site-specific, farmer-tailored innovations for improved agricultural production, food safety, and value chains in four major West African cities. On-farm experiments, workshops, and policy dialogue will allow to detect bottlenecks in UPA production and marketing chains, and identify and test-implement options to overcome them. An International Graduate School will enhance scientific capacity building and knowledge transfer.


UrbanFoodPlus is structured in 8 Subprojects:

SP1 - Project management and coordination: Prof. A. Bürkert, University of Kassel
SP2 - Agronomy: Prof. A. Bürkert, University of Kassel (with ICDD)
SP3 - Livestock production: Prof. E. Schlecht, University of Kassel
SP4 - Soil productivity: Prof. B. Marschner, Ruhr-University Bochum
SP5 - Wastewater engineering: Dr. M. Lübken & Prof. M. Wichern, Ruhr-University Bochum
SP6 - Social anthropology: Prof. N. Schareika, University of Göttingen
SP7 - Economic Evaluation: Prof. W. Löwenstein, Ruhr-University Bochum
SP8 - Food security assessment: Prof. A. Drescher &
Prof. A. Bürkert, University of Kassel

Partners in Africa

INERA, Burkina Faso; CIRDES, Burkina Faso; University of Ouagadougou (UO GRIL), Burkina Faso; BELWET, Burkina Faso; Soil Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR); University of Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana; University of Ghana (UG), Accra, Ghana; Institute d’Economie Rurale (IER), Bamako, Mali; Point Sud, Bamako, Mali; SHUMAS, Bamenda, Cameroon; RUAF Foundation, Accra, Ghana, and Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso; The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC), Yaoundé, Cameroon and Bamako, Mali; International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Ghana.