BNFB About

 

PROJECT NAME:

Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB)

START DATE:

1 November 2015

END DATE:

30 October 2018

REGION:

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

COUNTRIES:

Nigeria & Tanzania

LEAD ORGANIZATION:

The International Potato Center (CIP) with expertise in orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP)

COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS:

i)The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with expertise in high iron beans

ii)The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) with expertise in vitamin A (orange) maize

iii)The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with expertise in vitamin A (yellow) cassava and vitamin A (orange) maize

iv)HarvestPlus as the global leader in biofortification with experience in scaling up at the country level

v) Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) which is responsible for policy engagement and advocacy at regional level

vi)Governments of Nigeria & Tanzania

vii)National implementing partners (government, civil society and private sector in Nigeria and Tanzania)

FINANCING SOURCES:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

FUNDING AMOUNT (USD)

USD 5000000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The problem

Hidden hunger is characterized by chronic deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals (micronutrients). It is particularly severe in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where many people do not consume enough essential micronutrients to lead healthy and productive lives. This is especially true among poor, rural, and other vulnerable populations. Most women of reproductive age, infants, and young children in SSA countries suffer from deficiencies in vitamin A, iodine, iron, zinc, and folate.

The objective

The overall goal of BNFB is to accelerate and support scaling up of biofortified crops for food and nutrition security and to help reduce hidden hunger by catalyzing sustainable investment for the utilization of biofortified crops at scale. BNFB purposes to demonstrate how scaling up can be achieved through a concerted effort by a range of CGIAR centers and programs along with community, national, regional, and international partners.

Where we work

BNFB is a three-year project (November 2015 – October 2018) implemented in Nigeria and Tanzania.

Summary description

The project has two specific objectives:

(1) Strengthen the enabling environment for investments in biofortified crops

(2) Strengthen institutional and community capabilities to produce and consume biofortified crops

The Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) Project has at its core advocacy efforts aimed at catalyzing policy change, combined with efforts to mobilize resource commitments by governments, developmental partners, and the private sector. It seeks to build national and community capabilities to produce and consume biofortified crops for improved nutrition and increased incomes, particularly for adolescent girls and women of child-bearing age and young children, in both rural and urban areas.

 

CIP is the lead project partner implementing with a range of CGIAR centers and programs as well as community, national, regional, and international stakeholders. The partners work together on advocacy, policy development, behaviour change communication for demand creation and capacity development to support the scaling up of multiple biofortified crops.  

These strategic partners are:  

  • The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with expertise in high iron beans 
  • The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) with expertise in vitamin A (orange) maize 
  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with expertise in vitamin A (yellow) cassava and vitamin A (orange) maize 
  • HarvestPlus as the global leader in biofortification with experience in scaling up at the country level 
  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) which is responsible for policy engagement and advocacy at regional level 
  • Governments of Nigeria & Tanzania 
  • National implementing partners (government, civil society and private sector in Nigeria and Tanzania) 

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Dr. Adiel Mbabu

Project Advisor

a.mbabu@cgiar.org

Dr. Hilda Munyua

Project Manager

h.munyua@cgiar.org

Anna-Marie Ball

Head, Africa Strategic Alliances

HarvestPlus

Kampala – Uganda

a.ball@cgiar.org

Godfrey Mulongo

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

CIP – Tanzania

g.mulongo@cgiar.org   

James Gethi

Seed Systems Specialist

CIMMYT-Zimbabwe

j.gethi@cgiar.org

Jean-Claude Rubyogo

Seed Systems Specialist

CIAT-Tanzania

j.c.rubyogo@cgiar.org 

Joyce Maru

Capacity Development and Communication Specialist

CIP – Nairobi

j.maru@cgiar.org

Moses Mnzava

Country Coordinator (Tanzania)

CIP – Tanzania

m.mnzava@cgiar.org

Nancy Munyeki

Program Assistant

CIP-Nairobi

n.munyeki@cgiar.org

Nelson Ojijo

Regional Advocacy Coordinator

FARA – Ghana

nojijo@faraafrica.org

Olapeju Phorbee

Country Coordinator (Nigeria)

CIP – Nigeria

o.phorbee@cgiar.org

Paul Ilona 

Country Manager

HarvestPlus Nigeria

P.Ilona@CGIAR.ORG

Wende Mengesha

Maize Breeder

 IITA – Nigeria

W.Mengesha@cgiar.org   

 
million additional households will adopt biofortified crops in Nigeria and Tanzania
as a result of the BNFB investment over the next five years.
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