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

Descrizione del progetto

Agricoltura sostenibile in Africa occidentale e orientale

I terreni marginali sono terreni con scarso valore agricolo, in quanto le colture che vi sono prodotte varrebbero meno del costo dell’affitto per l’accesso a tali aree. Contribuire a sviluppare queste zone in Africa è l’obiettivo chiave del progetto EWA-BELT finanziato dall’UE, il cui scopo è promuovere l’intensificazione sostenibile della produzione agricola nelle colture biologiche, miste e agroforestali e dei sistemi di allevamento in 38 aree di studio di sei paesi dell’Africa occidentale e orientale. Il progetto amplierà le conoscenze scientifiche attuali sull’adattamento di nuove e migliorate colture tradizionali in vari agroecosistemi, e sull’impatto delle pratiche agricole tradizionali sulla salute del suolo.

Obiettivo

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.

Invito a presentare proposte

H2020-SFS-2018-2020

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Bando secondario

H2020-SFS-2019-2

Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 1 507 625,00
Indirizzo
PIAZZA UNIVERSITA 21
07100 Sassari
Italia

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Regione
Isole Sardegna Sassari
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 1 507 687,50

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