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HAPFAM - Healthy and Affordable Protein Rich Foods for the African Market – University of Copenhagen


HAPFAM - Healthy and Affordable Proteins for the African Market

A research project funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research

The aim of HAPFAM is to enable development of sustainable, healthy and affordable foods based on a combination of protein from milk and plants, thereby creating a new and competitive business in Africa for the Danish food industry. The objectives are to:

  • Establish novel processing for isolation of functional plant proteins from rapeseed,
  • Elucidate the molecular interaction between specific plant proteins and milk proteins and how these interactions can be used to control the functionality of complex food matrices,
  • Evaluate the digestibility of specific protein fractions and investigate how the results correlate to growth,
  • Measuring the effect of partly substituting plant protein with a high-quality protein source on catch up growth compensating for malnutrition early in life,
  • Understand how protein blends impact on growth and how different protein fractions affect markers of growth,
  • Determine which combinations of proteins are optimal to promote growth in humans,
  • Understand the eating habits of West African consumers, and how to change the consumer choices towards a more healthy diet.

Coordinator: Birthe Møller Jespersen, University of Copenhagen
Project period: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2018
Funding: DKK 19,982,417