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Linking East and West African farming systems experience into a BELT of sustainable intensification

Objective

The EWA-BELT project aims at developing SI of agriculture productions in organic, agroforestry and mixed crop and livestock farming systems in 38 study areas of 6 countries belonging to East (Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania) and West (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Sierra Leone) Africa. The research activities, carried out in Farmer Field Research Units (FFRU), will address areas including marginalized and/or abandoned lands and existing agricultural lands to increase their yield potential. Through integrated participative researches, innovative tools (FFRU, ICT, Integrated Pest Disease Management - IPDM) and identification and dissemination of best practices, all countries will be linked into an interregional East-West African BELT able to reinforce SI in agriculture.
The project will enhance the current scientific knowledge on the adaptation of new and improved traditional crops in different agroecosystems and the impacts of traditional agricultural practices on soil health in terms of nutrients, water retention and organic matter content. EWA-BELT will also investigate the introduction of innovative and appropriate plant protection technologies in the IPDM for key crops and the identification of a set of indicators to be used in the assessment of the SI approach impacts taking into account environmental health and, synergically, economic and social aspects.
The project will introduce highly innovative cost-affordable technologies, to be easily used in the field by unskilled personnel. Technical benefits provided by all implemented techniques will be then evaluated for their economic effect on farmers and along the value chain.
EWA-BELT will address gender issues and empowering women at every stage of the process. Finally, to maximize the impact, project results (in progress and final achievements) will be yearly disseminated during the “Infopoverty U.N. Conference”, one of the U.N. highest-level initiatives to elaborate strategies and design solutions towards SI.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2019-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI
Address
Piazza Universita 21
07100 Sassari
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 507 625

Participants (19)

FONDAZIONE ACRA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 589 250
Address
Via Lazzaretto 3
20124 Milano
Activity type
Other
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 695 615
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 309 050
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 220 500
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE NAZI BONI
Burkina Faso
EU contribution
€ 176 401,25
Address
01 Bp 1091
01 Bobo Diulasso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES
Burkina Faso
EU contribution
€ 217 637,50
Address
Gounghin
04 Ouagadougou
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF MAKENI
Sierra Leone
EU contribution
€ 198 650
Address
1 Azzolini Highway
00232 Makeni
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 319 500
Address
Agostino Neto Road 15
Accra
Activity type
Research Organisations
KUNDOK DEVELOPMENT CONSULT LIMITED
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 309 000
Address
No. 3 Peach Street, Target Avenue? Vitting
Tamale
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KENYA AGRICULTURAL AND LIVESTOCK RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 322 380
Address
Kaptagat Road Kalro Headquarters Loresho
00200 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 321 250
Address
University Way
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE NELSON MANDELA AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 193 875
Address
Po Box 447
23311 Arusha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TANZANIA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 223 375
Address
Po Box 1571
255 Dodoma
Activity type
Research Organisations
HAWASSA UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 168 750
Address
Hawassa City Misrak Sub City Tesso Kebele
Hawassa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JIMMA UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 177 690
Address
Jimma University
Jimma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN AGROFORESTRY
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 235 000
Address
United Nations Avenue Gigiri
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 180
Address
Via C.olivetti 2
20864 Agrate Brianza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OSSERVATORIO PER LA COMUNICAZIONE CULTURALE E AUDIOVISIVA NEL MEDITERRANEO E NEL MONDO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 780 125
Address
Via Duccio Di Boninsegna 21
20145 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 283 602,50
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations