NIBIO’s international activities in Africa

NIBIO’s goal in Africa: To develop evidence-based research and knowledge relevant for civil society/stakeholders to address grand global challenges.

Focus areas:

  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture and forestry sectors

  • Food and nutrition security and sustainable food systems

  • Renewable energy: Biowaste to bioenergy

  • Biowaste to biofertilizer

  • Integrated pest management and decision support

  • Biodiversity conservation on farmlands

  • REDD+ and Forest Landscape Restoration

  • Skills development for youth and women in the agricultural sector

  • Education

  • Capacity building of Research and HE Institutions

Maize-legume and Sorghum-legume intercropping systems in Malawi. Photo: L.Dakishoni.
The EU-funded InnovAfrica project is currently testing, integrating, and disseminating potential sustainable agriculture intensification systems suitable to smallholders, combined with institutional approaches, and extension and advisory services. This picture shows maize-legume and Sorghum-legume intercropping systems, as a part of the InnovAfrica project in Malawi. Photo: L.Dakishoni.

NIBIO networks and cooperating partners in Africa

NIBIO currently has project cooperation in more than 12 African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Mali, Niger, Uganda, Benin and Ghana.  

NIBIO has active and ongoing research and development cooperation with several CGIAR partners (IITA, ICRAF, CIMMYT, ILRI), ICIPE and 24+ national partners in several African countries (national research institutes, universities, farmer organizations, SME’s). 


The Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Ethiopia has a goal of restoring highly degraded forest landscapes, in the vast highlands in north western Ethiopia, into productive agricultural and forest landscapes. This photo is from a Community meeting  in one of the FLR villages in the Libo Kem Kem district. Photo: Belachew Gizachew.


Current projects in Africa where NIBIO is involved


Funding source

Role of NIBIO Thematic focus Countries where the project is implemented
InnovAfrica (2017-2021) EU H2020 Project coordinator Climate Change and Adaptation in Agriculture Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania
Healthy Food Africa
EU H2020 Partner Sustainable food security and nutrition Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, Benin
Farms4Biodiversity Bidiversa/NFR Partner Biodiversity on farm lands Malawi
Biofuel Value Chain in Kenya Norad/MFA Project coordinator Skills for Private Sector Development  Kenya
CAP-Africa Norad/MFA Partner Combating Arthropod Pests for Better Health, Food and Climate Change Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania
Forest Landscape Restoration Project MFA/Embassy Partner Forest Landscape Restoration Ethiopia
Climate-Smart Agriculture Norad/MFA Partner Development of ICT tools, the VIPS platform  Niger, Mali
Fall Army Worm control/with FAO Norad/MFA Partner FAW/VIPS – pest monitoring system  Malawi
Gliricidia – agroforestry Norad/MFA Project coordinator Agroforestry for improving soil fertility, food security Zambia
National Carbon Monitoring Center MFA/Embassy Partner REDD+; forest and climate Tanzania




Division of Food Production and Society


Improving access to nutritious food is a systemic challenge. In order to foster healthier diets, it is necessary to go beyond expanding the diversity of products on the supply side, or raising awareness on the demand side. HealthyFoodAfrica aims to increase the resilience of food systems, and to link food production to nutrition performance, thereby increasing the range and quality of food products for a healthy diet. To achieve this, it engages with farmers, food processors, retailers, civil society organisations (CSOs), policymakers and local experts, and helps them create, and test, innovative technologies, practices and governance arrangements that contribute to a more sustainable, resilient and healthy food system for all.

Active Updated: 23.08.2023
End: dec 2025
Start: jun 2020

Division of Environment and Natural Resources

FARMS4Biodiversity: Farmer-led Agroecological Research in Malawi using Scenarios for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Farms4Biodiversity is an ambitious, interdisciplinary, multi-scalar project designed to address biodiversity conservation, support ecosystem services and improve food security under scenarios of land-use change in the Global South. The project is being implemented in the Northern part of Malawi.

Finished Updated: 19.06.2023
End: nov 2022
Start: dec 2018
Sugarcane bagasse and tractor

Division of Forest and Forest Resources

Biofuel4Kenya: Improving Framework Conditions and Skills for Private Sector Development in Biofuel Value Chain in Kenya (Biofuel4Kenya)

The main objective of the project is to develop a biofuel briquettes production and supply value chain from waste bagasse to market. Biofuel4Kenya will improve framework conditions for private sector development in the biofuel value chain, in order to boost commercial production of carbonized biomass briquettes from agro-industrial residues in western Kenya.

Finished Updated: 07.04.2022
End: dec 2022
Start: oct 2018
CAP-Africa – Combating Arthropod Pests for Better Health, Food and Resilience to Climate Change

CAP-Africa will address the most important and pressing continental issues of malaria and emerging infectious diseases (yellow fever and dengue), climate change impact and education, to improve the livelihood of rural communities in the Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. It is a response to accumulating evidence that addressing these major problems will improve health, food and nutritional security. At the same time, it will build the resilience of the people against the impacts of climate change and enhance the capacity for leadership in scientific research, policy and technology dissemination.

Finished Updated: 17.06.2020
End: dec 2023
Start: jan 2019

Division of Forest and Forest Resources

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR)-Ethiopia

The FLR project (2017-2022) has a goal of restoring highly degraded forest landscapes, in vast highlands in north western Ethiopia, into productive agricultural and forest landscapes. The project will adopt a landscape-approach to forest restoration, which will look at the target areas from a multifunctional landscape perspective, combining natural resource management with environmental and social well-being.

Finished Updated: 07.04.2022
End: dec 2022
Start: oct 2017
Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies for improved Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in Mali and Niger

The objective of the proposed work is to reduce poverty and food insecurity in Mali and Niger. Measures will be taken to protect natural resources and increase farmer incomes by enhancing agricultural productivity, strengthening market linkages, and facilitating new agribusinesses particularly those led by women and youth. The project will provide farmers with options to help increase their resilience and adaptation to the effects of climate change. Overall project activities are expected to lead to more than 20% increase in crop yields and 15% increase in household crop income.

Finished Updated: 17.06.2020
End: dec 2020
Start: jan 2019

Division of Forest and Forest Resources

Strengthening the National Carbon Monitoring Center (NCMC) and GHG accounting system in Tanzania

In January 2016, Tanzania launched a national carbon monitoring centre (NCMC) at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro. The main purpose of the centre is “to build national capacity to measure, verify and report adequately on carbon emissions at national and international level”. NIBIO is the major technical partner to assist Tanzania’s NCMC, and has taken part in the development and establishment of the centre.

Finished Updated: 20.01.2021
End: dec 2022
Start: jan 2015