Innovative R&D in food processing

  • The INNOFOOD initiative

    Research in higher education (HE) is pivotal for economic development and prosperity. However, in order for it to be successful, research must respond with market needs and trends and contribute to preparing graduates to make real contributions to innovation in their fields. INNOFOOD is an innovative initiative under NICHE’s INNOCAP initiative aimed at improving R&D and innovation management practices at two Higher Education Institutions: The Ho Technical University (HTU) in Ghana and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya.

    The INNOFOOD initiative is looking to identify key innovation challenges of companies

  • working in the food processing sector and engage them in market driven research trajectories together with selected groups of students and faculty of the two involved institutions.
    Throughout the process, INNOFOOD will provide hands-on support to HTU and JKUAT, from conceptualizing possible innovative solutions to address the business challenges, to translating them into research projects and mobilizing resources to finance them.

    INNOFOOD will also train HTU and JKUAT in managing research projects in a market driven way (aimed at bringing innovative solutions to the market) and connect promising projects to investors, companies and incubation services that can help bring them to the market.

Call for business challenges

Is your company operating in the food processing sector and facing a specific challenge for which you need an innovative solution? Would you like to take the chance to benefit from applied, market-driven research and to develop innovative solutions with the help of multi-disciplinary teams of students and faculty members at a renowned Technical University?

 Apply now and grab a unique opportunity to put your business at the forefront of innovative and market-driven R&D practices.

 To learn more and apply, visit the business challenge page.  


The INNOFOOD initiative is a project of MDF Training and Consultancy (MDF) and BoP Innovation Center (BoPInc) in partnership with the Ho Technical University and and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology. It is made possible by the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.