Coripha umbraculifera (Century Palm)
The CORIPHA (pdf) proposal was submitted to the European Commission for funding under the Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP) April, 2008. While it was not approved in this round it will be resubmitted in 2011 with the number of platforms reduced to 2 or 3 in number.
The Co-ordinated Regional Innovation Platforms for advocacy, capacity building and strategic networking for Horticulture in Africa (CORIPHA) project proposes a co-ordinated action plan along the horticulture value and service chains. The overarching goal is to contribute to poverty alleviation, food security and food safety in Africa through the production and better utilisation ofhorticultural crops, mainly fruit and vegetables (F&V).
Along the horticulture value chains, the specific objectives are improvements (a) in the production systems, (b) in postharvest and marketing systems, and (c) on consumption and human nutrition.
The specific objectives along the horticulture service chain are an improved extension service, better knowledge management and education capacities, information system on marketing, and the development of quality and food safety standards for both domestic and export markets.
To meet these objectives, regional innovation platforms will be established or consolidated as key results. On a multi-stakeholders and multi-sectorial base (agriculture, health, environment, education, communication …), they will foster public-private interactions by linking farmers, civil society organisations and the scientific community. They will facilitate more efficient knowledge management, provide skills and resources necessary to raise awareness and profiles of the stakeholders, attract young and local entrepreneurs and scientists, and facilitate inter-professional clusters based on innovation systems and effective public and private partnership.
The main results flowing from these horticulture innovation platforms will be:
Five regional ‘platforms’ recognized as focal points for innovation and public-private partnerships fully dedicated to promoting and facilitating horticulture for development inAfrica;
Remi Kahane's presentation, "Global Horticulture Initiative Presents the CORIPHA Proposal" Africa Farmers' Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, April 22-25, 2009
Ordre du jour du programme (PDF)