Promote sustainable agriculture in the West African area

Promote sustainable agriculture in the West African area

Funded by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and ECOWAS, the support project for West Africa’s agro-ecological transition aims to facilitate an agro-ecological intensification and thus promote the emergence, growth and adoption and dissemination of ecologically intensive farming practices on family farms. The project is implemented in five ECOWAS member countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Togo). It is composed of two axes: i) support to farmers’ organisations to help them adopt ecologically intensive agricultural practices; and ii) the creation of dialogue platforms for sharing experience. The project also aims to support governments to put in place public policies favoring this type of agriculture. The project is managed by a regional coordination unit which is supported by a national correspondent in each country. It is planned to expand the project to all 15 ECOWAS member countries.

Global objective

  • Facilitate agro-ecological intensification in West Africa and promote the emergence, adoption and dissemination of ecologically intensive farming practices on family farms.

Specific objectives

  • Develop field projects to support groups of farmers and pastoralists who are engaging in agro-ecology activities;
  • Encourage the exchange of experiences and contribute to the development of public policies.

Expected results

  • Increased agricultural productivity in the West African area;
  • Strengthening the resilience of agriculture to natural hazards;
  • Mitigation of climate change effects;
  • Reduction of food insecurity.

Duration

4 years : 06/07/2017 - 31/03/2021

Localisation

The project is implemented in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Togo.

Beneficiaries

Agricultural producers in the five intervention countries and ECOWAS

Budget

8 millions

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Country

  • Burkina Faso
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Mali
  • Senegal
  • Togo

Topics

  • Agriculture & value chains
  • Climate, climate change & adaptation
  • Environment
  • Food security & zero hunger
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Natural resource management

Targets

  • Institutions
  • Pastoralists & Agro-pastoralists
  • Poor households
  • Vulnerable small-scale farmers

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods
  • Pillar 3: Sustainably improve agricultural and food productivity and the incomes of the most vulnerable households and improve access to food
  • Pillar 4: Strengthen governance in food and nutrition security

Scales

  • Local
  • National
  • Regional (West Africa)

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 2 SDG 12 SDG 13