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Nutrition Research Facility: Enhancing Evidence-Informed Decision Making in Nutrition (NRF)

Reference: Knowledge and Research for Nutrition - DCI-FOOD/2019/408-364 (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2024)

Summary: NRF aims at providing evidence-based research and Monitoring & Evaluation expertise to the Commission, to EU delegations, and to 42 low-and-middle-income EU partner countries. The overall objective of this project is to enhance evidence-informed decision-making in the field of nutrition and nutrition-sensitive policies and projects. By harnessing its expertise and relevant networks, the project will (1) identify demand for evidence, (2) mobilise expertise and address this demand, and (3) facilitate the uptake of evidence by decision makers from the EU and EU Members States (in relation to their development policies) as well as EU Partner Countries prioritising nutrition. NRF deals with questions on nutrition-sensitive interventions arising from various sectors of activity. Due consideration is given to diets as a key driver of nutritional status, but also to the social determinants of nutrition. Specific consideration is also given to identifying proxy variables to assess the impacts of interventions on the wider food system to track broader impacts of programmes than the nutritional status.

Partners: Agrinatura, University of Ghent (UGhent), Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade de Lisboa (ISA-ULisboa), University of Greenwich’s Natural Resources Institute (NRI), Agropolis International, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD).

Funded by: European Commission - DG DEVCO (6,588,500.00 EUR) 


Mangroves, mangrove rice and mangrove people - sustainably improving rice production, ecosystems and livelihoods in Guinea-Bissau (MALMON)

Reference: FOOD/2019/412-700, DeSIRA_GB (1 January 2020 – 31 December 2024)

Summary: The project aims at increasing the productivity and stabilizing the inter-annual mangrove swamp rice production in Guinea-Bissau, as well as contributing to a better understanding of the drivers and complex dynamics of mangroves’ ecosystem changes. The project adopts an action-research and participatory-learning approach and will contribute to creating an Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS) able to sustainably merge local and scientific knowledges and formal and informal technology diffusion systems through the co-production of knowledge for the development of technologies, through farmers organization into a cross-country network, the design of early warning systems for the behaviour of the rains and the tides and the creation of seeds’ sharing regional networks.

Partners: Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade de Lisboa (ISA), Wageningen University (WUR), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), and Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de Lisboa (IGOT). Collaboration with national institutions in Guinea-Bissau and NGOs engaged with “Ianda Guiné Arruz” Project.

Funded by: European Commission through the “Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture” (DeSIRA) initiative (3,000,000.00 EUR)


AlimentAÇÃO! Circuitos Curtos Agroalimentares para o Direito Humano a uma Alimentação Adequada [Short Supply Chains (CCA) to realise the Human Right to Adequate Food]

Reference: PDR2020-2023-045943; Parceria 513 (1 May 2019 – 30 April 2021)

Summary: The projects aims at contributing to design local public policies to assess the sustainability of short food supply schemes and its contribution for the realization of the Human Right to Adequate Nutrition. Through the identification of good practices and the development of a methodology for assessing municipal strategies based on the concept of "foodsheds", the goal is to support the implementation of suitable governance mechanisms, institutions, and public policies. The project builds on a partnership between academia, local governance and civil society, facilitated by FAO.

Partners: ANIMAR – Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Local, Colégio Food, Farming and Forestry (F3) da Universidade de Lisboa (gathering Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), Faculdade de Direito (FD), Faculdade de Medicina (FM), Faculdade de Arquitetura (FA) e Faculdade de Belas-Artes (FBA)), ACTUAR – Associação para a Cooperação e Desenvolvimento, Câmara Municipal do Fundão, Câmara Municipal de São Pedro do Sul, Câmara Municipal de Vinhais.

Funded by: Programa de Desenvolvimento Regional (PDR) 2020, Ação 20.2 – RRN – Áreas de Intervenção 3 (95,937.81 EUR)


Promoting Lablab purpureus L. (Lablab) as a green solution to improve the efficiency of natural resources in agricultural production (STEnCIL)

Reference: PDR2020-101-031465 (1 October 2017 – 31 December 2020)

Summary: In view of the challenges related to intensive cash crops agricultural sustainability, STEnCIL aims to promote the agricultural practice of Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet, commonly known as hyacinth bean, a tropical multifunctional legume with outstanding ability to withstand long periods of drought. STEnCIL addresses key issues associated with the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of agricultural production: Soil and water availability and sustainability; Adaptation to climate change; Reduction of inorganic fertilizers and pesticides; Production of quality food and feed.

Webpage: https://stencilablab.wixsite.com/stencil

Funded by: Portuguese Rural Development Program 2020 (PDR2020) - European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (490,326.82 EUR)


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