The launch of a project entitled ‘Enhancing nutrition security and incomes through adding value to indigenous vegetables in East and Central Uganda.’ The project is birthed from an EU initiative for enhancing African European Partnerships on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) funded through Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

Launched on Monday 3rd November 2014 at Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi, Kampala, Uganda from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

PAEPARD/ FARA project (2014-2017), funded by EU, is on improving post harvest handling of indigenous African vegetables in order to prolong their shelf life and hence increase their consumption in nutritionally vulnerable populations while increasing revenue of those engaged in their production.

This work is in partnership with FarmgainAfrica , a private firm specializing in agricultural market analysis, value chain development, market information systems and market linkage; CHAIN Uganda , a CBO which builds the capacity of small holder farmers through supporting formation and coordination of self help groups to effectively transition from subsistence levels to commercial farming for improved incomes and livelihoods and Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK. NRI is world renowned for its work in supporting food security, sustainable development, economic growth and poverty

Afri-Sol is a network of scientists and other stakeholders with interest in African Solanaceae species. The network was created in early 2011 and brings together a multidisciplinary team of stakeholders with the goal of unlocking the potential of African solanaceous species biodiversity for the improvement of nutrition, health and income.

With funding from the Platform for African – European Partnerships in Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD), a representative team from Afri-Sol, together with two European partners met in Kampala, Uganda (June 11 – 13, 2012) with the goal of defining the scope of Afri-Sol, as well as establishing an African – Europe partnership. Members at the workshop also defined the network structure and appointed key leaders and regional representatives.