Overall Objective

Overall Objective

To enhance the contribution of Higher Education Institutions to food and nutrition security of communities in Eastern [ampersand] Southern Africa

Specific Objective:

Specific Objective:

To improve the capacity of Higher Education Institutions in Eastern and Southern Africa to provide practical training and research solutions in food and nutrition sciences.

Target groups

Target groups

The target groups for this action include participating universities, graduate students, university faculty and technicians

The final beneficiaries

The final beneficiaries

Include employers of food and nutrition science graduates (food industries, governments, food analysis laboratories, food regulatory agencies, agricultural produce handling companies), farmers and general public (food consumers).

Strengthening research capacity

Strengthening research capacity

This action seeks to strengthen research capacity, including the capacity to develop the required speciality foods. It will therefore contribute to addressing the problem of malnutrition.

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Target group

The target groups for this action include participating universities, graduate students, university faculty and technicians. University departments of food and nutrition sciences require facilities and programmes that can facilitate collaborative work, effective teaching and learning.

Strong collaboration can enable university food and nutrition departments to share resources and support teaching and learning through student and staff exchange. Graduate students require programmes, which can prepare them for the dynamic labour market. Currently, there are employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for practical food and nutrition science graduates capable of adding value to food and supporting nutrition programmes.

There are also opportunities for professionals skilled in quality assurance and quality analysis as well as in food and nutrition research, among other areas. The university faculty and technicians already involved in teaching and supervising food and nutrition science graduate students require andragogical skills to enable them impart high levels of practical and research skills to students.

University faculty also require guidance in graduate supervision mainly because many of the faculty are recent PhDs. They require mentoring and collaboration with peers in the region and beyond to develop and implement research projects and to support each other in teaching and research supervision.

The final beneficiaries of this program include employers of food and nutrition science graduates (food industries, governments, food analysis laboratories, food regulatory agencies, agricultural produce handling companies), farmers and general public (food consumers). Employers require skilled food and nutrition science graduates and research relevant to their enterprises. This action directly addresses this need.

The farming communities will benefit from this action since it will lead to production of skilled graduates able to advise them on post-harvest handling of foods. By supporting the food value addition industries, the action will also lead to increased demand for agricultural raw materials by industry, ultimately resulting in better markets for agricultural products. Consumers need supply of quality food products.

By supporting development of food and nutrition professionals to work in the sector and through strengthened research capacity, this action will contribute to addressing this need.

The project will build a platform for private-public interactions to facilitate the identification of private and public sector needs to be incorporated in training and research activities undertaken by universities.

University food and nutrition science programmes will also be benchmarked to facilitate adoption of best practices in training and research supervision. There will also be efforts to ensure synergies in resource mobilisation and utilisation, especially the utilisation of human resources. This will entail adoption of modern teaching and information exchange approaches. The project will also address, among its training plans, needs of vulnerable groups including the elderly, persons living with HIV, children and women of child bearing age.

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