Enabling policies are important for the upgrading of value chains of Bambara groundnut and amaranth, and other neglected and underutilized species (NUS). To help creating awareness of the role of NUS for food and agriculture, the project partners organize a side-event on NUS at the 1st African Agri-Business Incubation Conference & Expo 2015, Nairobi, Kenya, on 29 September 2015.
The one-day event brought together more than forty scientists, lecturers and young innovators with interest in developing underutilized crop, trees and animals into a profitable business. The programme featured keynote speeches, a panel discussion and an open forum.
The side-event concluded with a set of recommendations, going forward:
The full report from the side-event will shortly be available.
In 2016, the policy advocacy will continue both at national and regional levels:
These actions will sensitize African agricultural leaders on tools and methods for bringing NUS into national and regional agricultural strategies and programmes and higher education curricula.
The project’s communication and visibility plan play a role in policy advocacy and awareness. Media in their respective countries have already covered project activities at national TV in both Benin and Togo. Such exposure contributes to public awareness that helps raise consumer demand for products based on Bambara groundnut and amaranth.
An earlier ACP-EU project (FED/2009/217072) and several other organizations co-financed the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species – NUS2013, held in Accra Ghana in Sept 2013. The conference outputs are captured in several policy products: