Global Foodnet - Ancient Crops for Food Security

Photo: Roseanna Avento, Intensive Course in Peru at Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina

Coordinator University of Eastern Finland
Contact detailsRoseanna Avento, roseanna.avento(at)
Budget110 100
Duration 6/2014 - 12/2015
Academic fieldFood Science, Agriculture
Funded since 2014


Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
Universidat Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru

Brief Description:

The network ‘Global Foodnet – Ancient Crops for Food Security' aims to build capacity in value chain management, food product development, food and nutrition security and entrepreneurship. through training trainers and experts and exchange information on best practices focusing on Andean crops like amaranth and quinoa utilization, product development and value-chain creation. The pursuit is to engage in a spirit of co-creation where each partner higher education institution brings expertise from their specific region to an intercontinental stage to participate in value creation in a process that entails dialogue, access, transparency and understanding of risk-benefits.

The project has the following main goals:

  • To strengthen training courses in value chain management, food product development, food and nutrition security, including development of teaching and teaching materials, widening the perspectives of teaching in international settings, development of expertise in both the North and the South on the utilization of ancient crops;
  • To increase awareness and educate agriculture professionals and food development practitioners and educators, on best practices, novel methods in food production and rural livelihoods development through entrepreneurship;
  • To disseminate information of best practices and novel methods for food product development between the partner.
Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 4
Number of Student Exchanges: 8
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 3
Number of Intensive Courses: 2

Brief Description of Intensive Course(s):

Food Innovation from Farm to Fork through Co-creation (Peru and Kenya)
Targeted to 20 participants
Food product development using amaranth and quinoa using market-driven approaches.

Brief Description of Dissemination Measures:

2 Dissemination workshops, one in Peru and one in Kenya.
Objective is to showcase products developed on the course and also to showcase products from industry.