One of Africa’s greatest challenges in addressing malnutrition is increasing the supply of vegetables. For that purpose, the IKEA Foundation and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) agreed in 2019 to develop a five-year initiative called “Veggies4Planet&People” (V4P&P), implemented by WordVeg and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. At the same time, the objective was to improve environmental and human health through the safe production of vegetables, cutting out chemical pesticides as much as possible, and replacing them with safe biopesticides.
The economy of Kenya has been growing by more than 5% per year on average before Covid-19 hit the African continent. Despite this impressive growth and gradual reduction of poverty levels, the population living below the national poverty line was still 36.1 percent in Kenya in 2015.
Vegetables have a clear role to play in addressing Africa’s challenges of malnutrition and youth unemployment. Current levels of vegetable consumption in sub-Saharan Africa are the lowest of all regions in the world.
The “Veggies4Planet&People” initiative has the objective to improve environmental and human health through the safe production of vegetables, cutting out chemical pesticides as much as possible, and replacing them with safe biopesticides.