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Conservation Agriculture in AFRICA: Analysing and FoReseeing its Impact - Comprehending its Adoption

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245347

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 159 228

  • EU contribution

    € 999 808

Coordinated by:

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

France

Objective

Despite the growing efforts of research and extension programs on the promotion of conservation agriculture (CA), there has been limited success with adopting CA on smallholder farms in Africa. African farming systems are highly heterogeneous in terms of agro-ecological, socio-economical and cultural environments and opportunities for CA necessarily require local adaptation. Simulation models and modelling frameworks may be used to assist our ability to better understand and target innovative technologies such as CA within complex farming systems. Over 30 months, the overall objective of this project is to assess and learn jointly from past and on-going CA experiences under which conditions and to what extent does CA strengthen the socio-economic position of landholders in Africa. For this purpose, a consortium comprising 10 highly experienced, complementary European, African and International partners has been assembled. It will develop an up-to-date knowledge database on CA practices in Africa. Biophysical, socioeconomic and conceptual models of innovation systems will be applied to a series of case studies across five regions in Africa to analyze the impact and adoption of CA at different scales (field, farm, region). This will facilitate the identification of pathways to make models readily applicable for decision-makers in different African regions and under different conditions. It will allow to set the agenda for future research, development and promotion of CA in Africa. Dissemination, networking and training will make the project outcomes highly accessible to the principal stakeholders (researchers, public and private extension services, farmer organisations, national and regional policymakers, private sector).
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Coordinator

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

Address

Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 242 355

Administrative Contact

Jacques Nolin (Mr.)

Participants (9)

CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE AGRICULTURATROPICAL, CIAT

Colombia

EU Contribution

€ 100 045

LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG (ZALF) e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 145 841

African Conservation Tillage Network

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 103 790

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN THE DRY AREAS

Lebanon

EU Contribution

€ 73 937

INSTITUT DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES

Burkina Faso

EU Contribution

€ 62 488

CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE MEJORAMIENTO DE MAIZ Y TRIGO INT

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 92 555

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 62 595

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 32 742

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 83 460

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245347

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 159 228

  • EU contribution

    € 999 808

Coordinated by:

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

France