This call is launched within the frame of the funding instrument “International research cooperation for global food security”. The objective is to support joint research projects between German research institutions and those in countries and regions that are worst affected by hunger and malnutrition. The programme will fund the development of needs-based solutions and the creation of scientific networks which should also contribute to the development of local capacity.

This call is based on the “Directive on the funding of international research cooperation for global food security” dated 16th February 2016.

Partners in Africa and Asia are financed only through the forwarding of grants. Within each project, the coordinator of the research consortium, which must be a German research institution, is responsible for forwarding the funds. The coordinator applies for the necessary funds and forwards them as the first beneficiary to the foreign partners. German institutions applying for subsidies must be authorised and suitable for the forwarding of project funds.


The focus is on local fruits, vegetables and protein (of plant and animal origin). Consideration should be given to the potential for innovation using neglected crops (neglected and under-utilised species; NUS) or traditional products and combinations of the aforementioned categories.



Research will be funded that contribute to the following objectives:

  • retain nutritional value, shelf-life and food safety end products should be healthy, nutritious food products;
  • reduce seasonality of food insecurity and food and nutrient losses;
  • More efficient and particularly time-saving preparation of healthy meals.

These objectives are consistent with the “Key recommendations for improving nutrition through agriculture and food systems”, and are included in the two research topic clusters “Healthy life, healthy food and safe products” and “Global responsibility – one world, one health – ensuring global food security and responsible resource management”.

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