Date:March 03, 2014

Strengthening Farmer-led Research Networks for agro- ecological intensification in Burkina Faso and Mali (FaReNe)


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:

  1. To identify and analyse existing local innovation and innovations and to improve and spread them through Participatory Innovation Development (PID) and Local Innovation Support Funds (LISFs);
  2. To create / strengthen farmer-led research networks for taking the lead in PID, LISF management and related innovation activities;
  3. To gain deeper insights into the praxis of farmer-led research networks and spread and share lessons widely.

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 (