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Exploring tradeoffs around farming livelihoods and the environment: the AfricaNUANCES framework

Objective

Past interventions and proposed technologies have often failed to alleviate problems of soil fertility and food production in sub-Saharan Africa as they are delivered as single component solutions that rarely address the complexity of the livelihoods of farmers. Further agricultural intensification is often addressed in isolation from the effects that it may have on the wider environment and on ecosystem services of importance at regional and global scales. A series of databases and an analytical modelling framework, AfricaNUANCES, that combines spatial and temporal dimensions of African smallholder farming systems will be developed. A primary aim is to synthesize knowledge and analyse tradeoffs of implementing various soil fertility technologies for smallholder farmers in mixed crop/livestock systems in East, West and Southern Africa. Emphasis will be on efficiency of targeting and use of nutrients and legume-based soil improving technologies, with outputs evaluated in terms of costs, benefits and compromises in productivity, economics and environmental services. Our approach is to aim for simplicity to allow wide access and use of the AfricaNUANCES framework, whilst encouraging deeper systems analysis around questions that require trade-offs between individual goals and those of society at large.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-DEV-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Costerweg 50
Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (13)

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
Kenya
KAWANDA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Uganda
Address
Bombo Road, 13 Km
Kampala
LAKE ZONE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
Tanzania
Address
Ukiriguru Agricultural Research & Development Institute
Mwanza
UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE
Zimbabwe
Address
Mt Pleasant
Harare
DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND SPECIALIST SERVICES-MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND COOPERATIVES
Zambia
Address

Chilanga
INSTITUT D'ECONOMIE RURALE
Mali
Address
Rue Mohamed V Bamako
Bamako
SOIL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, COUCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Ghana
Address
Academy Post Office, Kwadaso
Kumasi
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
King's College
Aberdeen
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
Firenze
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh
CENTRE DE COOPÉRATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DÉVELOPPEMENT
France
Address
Avenue Agropolis Ta 74/09
Montpellier
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DÉVELOPPEMENT
France
Address
213 Rue Lafayette
Paris
UNIVERSITY OF YAOUNDÉ
Cameroon
Address

Yaoundé