News Date : 06 November, 2023
BUAN and NARDI Host a five days DIVAGRI consortium meeting from the 6th-8th November 2023.
The consortium composes of experts in the agricultural sciences, engineering, bio-based technologies, food systems, circular bioeconomy, business & entrepreneurship and education in five African countries namely, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Ghana; as well as six European countries namely, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, North Macedonia and Turkey. These experts have a common goal under DIVAGRI project which is to provide African subsistence and smallholder farmers with tools to sustainably improve farm productivity, profitability and resilience through improved management of farming resources, output diversification and creation of high-value circular bioproducts. It aims to increase the productivity, income and economic opportunities of farmers in arid and semi-arid regions in Sub-Saharan Africa by implementing innovative bio-based solutions that will improve agricultural production, enable diversification of crops and increase added-value, create sustainability, and generate new local economic opportunities. During the five days participants will assess how the project has progressed since 2021. This will include coordination of CoP cycles of engagement, creating a baseline for farmers and communities, missing data, statistics and profiling, and what improvements should be expected. The team will also discuss the preliminary results of pilot sites which are at BUAN farm, Francistown Impala farm and Mmamanaka. They will assess the state of performance of the project i.e if objectives are being met, future of technological development, testing and integration into the farming communities.