Aiming to accelerate valorization of green inclusive growth in Africa, the Danish funded Valorizing Green Growth in Africa (VALOR) project created new knowledge on how African origin product (OP) producers can add value to their products by documenting and incorporating territory specific cultural, environmental and social qualities. 

In the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) context VALOR promotes wise use of market forces. VALOR involves research capacity strengthening in 3 partner countries, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

Aloe Vera from the Kilimanjaro Region
Aloe Vera from the Kilimanjaro region is one of the Tanzanian origin products identified by the VALOR project as having potential for registration with a geographical indication. The rich fertile volcanic soils of the plains below Kilimanjaro Mountain, is one of the factors defining Aloe product qualities, according to a local producer. 
Ghana Savannah Yam
Yam cultivated in the Ghana Savannah region is one of the Ghanaian origin products identified by the VALOR project as having potential for registration with a geographical indication. A thousand year old cultural tradition for yam cultivation is one of the defining characteristics of the quality and reputation of Ghana Savannah yam.

African Quality Honey (almost) ready for GI registrationIt is almost there; the recognition of quality origin honey from distinct areas across Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana. The quality is high, the demand is high, and producers are well-aware of the link between the local flora and environment and the quality of their honey.

Lead Institution: Department of Food and Resource Economics (KU), University of Copenhagen (KU), Denmark, Faculty of Science (KU)
Partner Institution(s):

  • University of Nairobi, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kenya
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Institute of Resource Assessment, Tanzania
  • University of Ghana, Legon, Department of Geography and Resource Development, Ghana
  • University of Cape Coast, Department of Entomology and Wildlife, Ghana
  • The Danish Beekeepers’ Association, Denmark

Start Date: January 1, 2014, End Date: December 31, 2018
Total grant: DKK 9,977,540
Contact : Henrik Egelyng
Project Website:…

This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.

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