Exploring the potential of Togotia a forgotten African leafy vegetable for nutritional security and climate adaptation in Kenya


GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Round 3





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About the project

UK-registered Partner: The University of Nottingham – Guillermina Mendiondo
Africa-registered Partner: University of Egerton – Dr. Charles M Kihia

Togotia is an underutilised plant that is resilient to some of the climate change challenges local and regional food production faces from drought, erratic rainfall, soil infertility, outbreak of pest and diseases. It naturally grows making it an excellent candidate to overcome crop production problems resulting from climate change.

The aims of this collaborative research were:

  1. Deliver in-depth understanding of the growth habit and environmental tolerance of Togotia;
  2. Develop appropriate cultivation systems that will enable the plant to be grown as sustainable food source; and, most importantly,
  3. Determine the nutritional value of derived food products.

Researchers working along farmers delivered best cultivation practice (preliminary data about Intercropping systems, seed germination), our first goal of improving local food and nutritional security. Research outcomes:

  • Stakeholder workshops with local farmers, seed and food companies, and local government to transfer the results.
  • University of Egerton open the dialogue with local business case with commercialisation potential.
  • Master student and PhD capacity building.
  • Peer-reviewed publications in preparation and UG project.

Learn more about the project in this recording from our recent GCRF AgriFood Africa Project Showcase event.


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