Project summary

NaviNut investigates food environments in East and West African drylands using an actor- and activity-oriented, transdisciplinary research approach with the aim of enhancing women’s agency in their different food-, nutrition- and health-related roles, and to support their capacity to navigate their rapidly changing food environments. NaviNut integrates knowledge, perspectives and interests of mothers from different socio-economic backgrounds, food processors and retailers, community health workers, regulators and various scientific disciplines. The objectives are to a) understand the complexity and dynamics of women’s decision-making in feeding their young children; b) contribute to the design of healthy food environments by increasing accessibility and desirability of locally available, highly nutritious, traditional food products; and c) improve community health services by designing appropriate nutritional dialogue models that enhance women’s learning on child nutrition. NaviNut will work in rural and (peri-)urban areas of drylands in northern Benin and northern Kenya to capture changing lifestyles and nutritional habits, and to increase the scope for outscaling its results in sub-Saharan Africa.






German institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, and Transdisciplinary and Social-ecological Landuse Research (DITSL)




South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences



PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and NRM



Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development (TICH)



Faculty of Agronomy, University of Parakou andDepartment of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Parakou



Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi


Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)



Center for Research and Development in Drylands (CRDD)