NOURICITY - Partnerships for Healthy Diets and Nutrition in Urban African Food Systems - Evidence and Strategies


Urban food systems, food consumption, behavior, nutrition, health


Ghana, South Africa, Uganda


Africa is urbanizing fast and over the next decades will likely witness a transition of its poverty and malnutrition hotspots from rural to urban communities. This project aims at investigating the structure and dynamics of urban food systems in Africa (including rural-urban food value chains and the role of small-scale, informal actors), and at analyzing the co-existence of different facets of urban malnutrition and their drivers. The project covers a transect of poor to moderately wealthy countries, settlements and neighborhoods. The outcome of the project will be a partnership concept for coherent and evidence-based urban nutrition policies. To that end, the project will rely on participatory research with stakeholders of the food systems in selected urban study sites in Ghana, South Africa and Uganda. Together with nutrition and public health practitioners and the identified actors of the three local food systems, researchers will devise and test policy scenarios to develop a blueprint for partnerships seeking improved urban nutrition in Africa.


Micro-household surveys;
Econometric modeling;
Participatory system and policy mapping;
Value-chain analysis.

Main Cooperation Partners

  • The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana
  • The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security at the University of Western Cape
  • Wageningen Economic Research (WEcR), part of Wageningen University and Research
Main Funding Partners

EC H2020 ERA-Net Co-fund, through LEAP-Agri

Further information

Poster about the project

Duration of the Project

09/2018 - 09/2021 (extended to 09/2022)

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Nicolas Gerber

Dr. Nicolas Gerber


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