Context and objectives

IndigenoVeg is an EU Sixth framework programme Coordination Action, funded under priority FP6-2003-INCO-DEV-2 A.3.2 "Bio-diverse, bio-safe and value-added crops". The project, which started on the 1st of January 2006, will run for two years and six months.

The overall objective of IndigenoVeg is to draw together a network of leading EU and sub-Saharan African researchers in order to promote the production of indigenous vegetable (IV) varieties in urban and peri-urban areas by coordinating and integrating current research efforts on the role played by IV varieties in food security and livelihoods and research in the field of urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA).

Its three operational goals, therefore, are:

  • To co-ordinate existing research programmes on vegetable production by creating a forum (comprised primarily of thematic meetings) where partners can share information on current progress, disseminate best practice, obtain feedback from their peers and refine and strengthen their on-going research activities.
  • To develop targeted and relevant collaborative future research proposals;
  • To disseminate the outcomes of the Coordination Action, engaging with a wider audience, comprised of EU and sub-Saharan African scientists and policy makers, through a conference, website and publications.

Through its activities IndigenoVeg expects to result in:

  • 'Prestige' for IVs, both within the research and development community, the farmer and consumer community, and the policy-making environment;
  • Broader, multidisciplinary perspective on the issues surrounding the promotion of IVs in UPA;
  • Current research activities to be addressed strategically and effectively, avoiding duplication;
  • A sound platform for the development of holistic proposals characterised by the goal of enhancing food security for the urban poor, under the current and future EU framework programmes.

For further background on the project background and rationale, please click here.



last updated: 19/06/2008