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Functional Diversity: An ecological framework for sustainable and adaptable agro-forestry systems in landscapes of semi-arid and arid eco-regions

Objective

The increasing demand of livestock products, larger climate uncertainty and resource degradation, and the rampant poverty of farmers in the semi-arid tropics calls for modernized agroforestry systems (AFS) capable of providing multiple functions. The project will develop regionally specific, trait-based and field tested AFS capable of providing critical agro-ecosystem functions in semi-arid Africa and Central America. The primary objective is to provide farmers with a portfolio of regionally suitable tree and shrub species organized by their traits or attributes, in relation to the provisioning of multiple services, as perceived by the farmers and in terms of fundamental ecological functions. The project will make substantial contributions to AF and ecological science through its integration of theories and concepts from both fields, and will thereby provide a scientifically based model for the design of modernized AFS. The project will identify, and characterize the main factors influencing the adoption/non adoption of AF in selected target areas. It will improve the performance of AFS in dry and marginal areas with particular focus on how species can be assembled according to their traits to improve the multi-functionality of AFS and will identify the potential of new multipurpose tree species suitable for AF in dry and marginal areas by grouping these species according to their functional traits and their capacity to provide critical AFS services. The project will specifically enhance the synergies between the species traits and model how trait combinations contribute to the multi-functionality of AFS including soil, trees, crop/pasture and livestock. We will evaluate the short and medium environmental impacts of AF and its socio-economic implications through sophisticated interdisciplinary models and will produce policy recommendations aimed at promoting AFS and related husbandry practices best adapted to specific local needs, yet universal in scope.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 792 345
Administrative Contact
Margrethe Tingstad (Ms.)

Participants (6)

CENTRO AGRONOMICO TROPICAL DE INVESTIGACION Y ENSENANZA CATIE
Costa Rica
EU contribution
€ 544 389
Address
Catie 7170
30501 Turrialba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fanny Quesada (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 244 148
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nies Springer (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 273 615
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 258 100
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birgitte Nesius (Ms.)
INSTITUT SENEGALAIS DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES
Senegal
EU contribution
€ 396 300
Address
Route Des Hydrocarbures
3120 Dakar
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Malick Samb (Mr.)
INSTITUT D'ECONOMIE RURALE
Mali
EU contribution
€ 394 700
Address
Rue Mohamed V
BP Bamako
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bino Teme (Dr.)