Integrated Chia and Oyster Mushroom System for Sustainable Food Value Chain in Africa (CHIAM)

CHIAM project aims to develop a climate-smart solution for sustainable food systems that will be created by the improvement of new agricultural technologies and a redesigned network of the existing African agri-food value chain to increase resilience, sustainability, and circularity. The deployment of the integrated chia-mushroom- pig-biogas value chain contributes to the diversification and resilience of African food systems against the impacts of climate change.

The aims will be fulfilled through several interlinked and multidisciplinary research and technology activities, from which the Hungarian partners will take part in:

  • Improving mushroom cultivation technologies in Africa
  • Development of novel oyster mushrooms fortified local food products
  • Development and demonstration of the climate-smart farming

The activities to achieve the CHIAM objectives are based on a multi-stakeholder, multinational and interdisciplinary, demand-driven approach that covers a diversity of stakeholders. The project will be implemented by an international and inter-sectoral consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries, including Research Performing Organizations and SMEs both from Africa Europe. Pilze-Nagy Ltd. and Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd for Applied Research are the Hungarian partners of the transnational consortium.

Duration of the project: 01/06/2021 – 31/05/2024

Project consortium: the project is implemented by 7 partners from 5 countries. Coordinator: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya

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Activities of the Hungarian partners are financed by the NRDI Fund and EJP COFUND.




More information:
Katalin Kálai project manager