FoodSTART+Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) is a three-year project which started in 2015. It builds on and expands upon the scope of the recently-concluded IFAD–supported Food Security Through Asian Root and Tuber Crops (FoodSTART) project.

The overall goal of FoodSTART+ is to enhance food resilience among poor households in upland and coastal communities of the Asia-Pacific region through the introduction of root and tuber crops (RTCs) innovations. To achieve this goal at scale, the project will develop, validate and implement effective partnership strategies with IFAD investment projects to promote RTCs for food security.

The project objectives are the following: a) to identify gender-responsive needs and opportunities through vulnerability assessments among food insecure RTCs producing and consuming households; b) to design and implement innovations with partners and local stakeholders that enhance food resilience, and c) to develop and validate effective partnership strategies with IFAD investment projects in promoting RTCs for food security at scale. The project’s key components are:

1. Scoping studies which includes the mapping of food vulnerability relating to RTC production and use
2. Research for development (R4D) partnership development
3. Needs and opportunities analysis on gender sensitive RTC innovations
4. R4D action planning and launching
5. Documentation and knowledge products development

The activities are designed to complement the workplans of IFAD investment projects and contribute to relevant IFAD country operations strategies. The R4D action and planning component will ensure that assessment and action research outputs contribute directly to the investment projects’ own target deliverables to IFAD.

The primary project sites of FoodSTART+ are India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, with additional proposed sites China and Myanmar through supplementary resource mobilization.

FoodSTART+ is coordinated by the International Potato Center (CIP), in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Asia. The project will also work closely with the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB); and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

The project duration is from May 2015 to November 2018.

Contact information:
E.O. Tan Hall, PCAARRD, Los Banos, Laguna 4030 Philippines
Tel +63 49 536 8185
Fax + 63 49 536 1662

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