Nu-Tree project started: Integrating nutrition and health aspects into agroforestry projects in sub-Saharan Africa

17/05/2021 – The project ‘Integrating nutrition and health into agroforestry projects of GIZ and NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa: A feasibility study’ (short: Nu-Tree) aims to create awareness of the nutrition and health aspects of agroforestry projects for key stakeholders and to support their implementation and evaluation in future agroforestry programs. It is funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) and will be implemented from April 2022 until March 2024.
Nu-Tree project started: Integrating nutrition and health aspects into agroforestry projects in sub-Saharan Africa
Production of healthy food through integrated fruit trees in pumpkin fields, Copyright: Dr. Katja Kehlenbeck

Agroforestry is a sustainable agroecological production method that incorporates trees with agricultural crops and/or livestock. While environmental and economic impacts, as well as the contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation, are well studied and documented, nutrition and health aspects of agroforestry programs are less often researched or included in project plans.

To bridge this research gap and study the connection between agroforestry and human nutrition/health, the Nu-Tree project will carry out its activities in an inter- and transdisciplinary way cooperating with local, regional, and global stakeholders representing different sectors (e.g. research, program implementers, civil society, and policymakers) and different disciplines, including agriculture, forestry, ecology, health, nutrition, economics, and social sciences.

The main expected products of the Nu-Tree project will be (i) a systematic review of results from past and on-going agroforestry projects with regard to nutrition and health aspects, (ii) reports of two workshops with relevant stakeholders from Germany and sub-Saharan Africa, and (iii) a conceptual framework and roadmap for better integration and evaluation of nutrition and health aspects in future agroforestry programs.

The project is implemented as a collaboration between three PIK RD2 research groups: the Climate Change and Health working group, the FutureLab Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development and the Adaptation in Agricultural Systems working group.  

For more information on the project go to the DBU website or contact the project lead Dr. Amanda Wendt.