The CAPACITY 4FOOD is the continuation of the AFOLM project and its overall objective is to foster capacity building and regional integration in the field of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) for Food Security in the Anglophone West African Universities.
The project objectives are:
- To enhance Regional Networking in ISFM focused on Food Security by setting up a Regional Network of Centres of Excellence in ISFM for Food Security in Anglophone Western African universities
- To develop targeted activities in ISFM for Food Security at local level with a view to increase universities capacity building towards sustainable food production
We address the agriculture and food security sectors, being directly in line with the Edulink topic areas and more concretely our focus is on Institutional Capacity Building. Our key results will be:
- Enhanced contribution to national and regional policies and development plans for cooperation in higher education
- Increased inter-institutional networking between universities in the ACP and with EU universities
- Improved management and financial administration of ACP univrsities
- Upgraded qualifications of academic staff of partner universities
CAPACITY4FOOD is being implemented in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, the three AFOLM partners, plus Sierra Leone and Gambia. The project is a direct response to our partners’ real needs in terms of improvement of their universities in relation with the relevant actors (local small holds, government, NGOs, associations.
The project idea is the result of previous discussions with the PCs and the detection of clear evidence that they have a real need of acquiring capacity building know how in the ISFM for Food Security sector and above all they feel the need of strengthening their regional cooperation. In addition PC have a gap in terms of contacts with stakeholder. Previous discussions detected also the need of establishing solid links with local farmers, but also with government authorities for establishing agreements for students, to adapt the graduated preparation for the labour market and also to be able to influence government’s priorities in terms of ISFM for Food Security.