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European Union and African Union cooperative research to increase Food production in irrigated farming systems in Africa/ EAU4Food

Objective

EAU4Food seeks to address the need for new approaches to increase food production in irrigated areas in Africa, while ensuring healthy and resilient environments. Potential pitfalls of introducing innovations in local farming systems, like limited adoption by farmers and trade-off effects to other (environmental) systems are overcome by, respectively, i) utilizing a true transdisciplinary approach, which involves the active participation of all stakeholders in all relevant disciplines, and ii) by determining and respecting so called sustainable production thresholds. EAU4Food is executed in four irrigated areas in Africa, viz. Southern Africa (Mozambique and South-Africa), Tunisia, Mali and Ethiopia to fully benefit from the potential of cross distributing promising strategies and innovations. At each site, key indicators, risk factors, farm strategies and biophysical parameters are monitored for identification of current constraints to food production and to evaluate agro-ecological and socio-economic impacts of improved practices and/or innovations after implementation. Results of EAU4Food are distilled into tailor made support tables and guidelines for different user groups. These support tables and guidelines support decision making processes at local level by overseeing short-term and long-term effects of alternative practices and improved strategies. EAU4Food is expected to have significant positive impacts on agricultural production at farm level for many years to come, and on wider policy processes at national and trans-national levels. To enlarge and maintain the impact of EAU4Food, capacity building programmes are developed at different levels, going from farmer to farmer exchange up to exchange of scientific personnel. Moreover, further exploitation of the results of EAU4Food is supported via other mediums such as ‘songs of success’, documentaries, school programmes, policy briefs, fact-books and scientific publications and presentations.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management/irrigation
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-AFRICA-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP-SICA - Large-scale integrating project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 912 051
Administrative Contact
Jochen Froebrich (Dr.)

Participants (12)

INSTITUT D'ECONOMIE RURALE
Mali
EU contribution
€ 191 175
Address
Rue Mohamed V
BP Bamako
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Samassekou Ouamarou (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA
Zambia
EU contribution
€ 130 640
Address
Great East Road Campus
10101 Lusaka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Judith Lungu (Dr.)
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 259 655
Address
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria 46
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nebo Jovanovic (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES EN GENIE RURAL, EAUX ET FORETS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 179 400
Address
Rue Hédi El Karray
2080 Ariana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mohamed Néjib Rejeb (Dr.)
MEKELLE UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 278 596
Address
Tiray Regional State
Mekelle
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Solomon Habtu Mesgina (Dr.)
INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE IWMI
Sri Lanka
EU contribution
€ 204 633
Address
127 Sunil Mawatha
10120 Colombo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amol Khisty (Mr.)
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 629 189
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Nesius (Ms.)
OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 450 900
Address
Blackfriars Road 203
SE1 8NJ London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Anu Liisanantti (Ms.)
LISODE SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 166 864
Address
Rue Jean Francois Breton 361
34196 Montpellier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Emmanuel Rougier (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 204 731
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE EDUARDO MONDLANE
Mozambique
EU contribution
€ 154 460
Address
Reitoria Da Universidade, Praca 25 De Junho 257
00200 Maputo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rui Brito (Prof.)
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 232 562
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Willem De Clercq (Dr.)