Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come

EU Funded project (2011-2013). Coordinator Prof Dr Patrick Kolsteren ITM Antwerp, Belgium. SUNRAY is a Coordination and Support Action of the EU FP7 AFRICA call under Grant Agreement nr. 266080

The SUNRAY project will develop a nutrition research agenda for sub-Saharan Africa. 

The main activities in SUNRAY are:
  1. Mapping of current research. SUNRAY will identify the main actors and lines of research in the field of nutrition in Africa. An inventory of all academic and applied research in the field of nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa will be made. The major research topics, research locations, actors and funders will be identified through desk research and mobilisation of existing networks. In addition, a sample of the researchers will be interviewed to analyse the drivers and constraints doing nutrition research in Africa, and understand unmet needs as perceived by African researchers.
  2. Stakeholder analysis. The relevance of the on-going nutrition research will be evaluated from the perspective of different stakeholders such as local policy makers, small and medium size enterprise, health and agricultural professionals, social sector etc. Multi-criteria mapping analysis will be used to identify the research options that each interviewee deems significant, capture their ranking of the options and their weightings of the relative importance of each option.
  3. Assessment of the future research needs in nutrition research. A series of papers (i.e. climate change, markets, demography, social dynamics, water and political dynamics and governance) will identify emerging research challenges for the nutrition research community.
  4. Regional workshops (Tanzania, Benin, South Africa) will be organised to build consensus between stakeholders, develop a coherent research agenda and outline the conditions and actions required to implement it.
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  • SUNRAY - Sustainable nutrition research for Africa in the years to come - Patrick Kolsteren

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    The SUNRAY Consortium is:

    Institute for Tropical Medicine, Belgium (coordinator)

    Patrick Kolsteren

    Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    Dr. Fré Pepping

    North-West University (Potchefstroom), South Africa

    Prof. Annamarie Kruger

    Sokoine University, Tanzania

    Dr. Joyce Kinabo

    University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

    Dr. Romain Dossa

    Intermón Oxfam, Spain

    Mrs. Teresa Cavero

    Institute for Tropical Medicine, Belgium

    Carl Lachat

    International Foundation for Science, Sweden

    Mrs. Nathalie Persson Andrianasitera

    Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France

    Dr. Michelle Holdsworth

    Makerere University, Uganda

    Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach

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