- FOCUS AREAS
The Sahel is an environmentally sensitive region and climate change is likely to worsen the situation. Farmers therefore need to adapt their agricultural methods and practices to the changing climatic conditions and their effects. Agro-ecological intensification may lead to higher productivity and improved food and nutrition security without having negative environmental impacts. Formal ARD gives little attention to farmers’ own innovation effiorts and focuses on experimentation led by scientists. Therefore, this initiative seeks to strengthen and support farmer-led research networks in which smallholders take the lead in joint experimentation by farmers and formal researchers for agro-ecological intensification, building on local knowledge and innovation.
The objectives are:
The project started on 1 November 2013 and is being carried out as part of the West African Community of Practice within the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) of McKnight Foundation.
|Countries / Countries||Burkina Faso and Mali|
|Duration of project||4 years a one-year inception phase followed by a three-year implementation phase|
|Client / partner||Burkina Faso: World Neighbors, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique et Technologie (CNRST), Diobass, Réseau MARP and ANSDMali: ADAF-Gallè, Institute d’Economie Rurale (IER) and AOPP|
|Donor||McKnight Foundation (USA)|
|Contact person (within ETC)||Laurens van Veldhuizen (firstname.lastname@example.org)|