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2019

Food Systems Caravan

Afrique de l’Ouest : Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria

Institut de recherche de l’agriculture biologique (FiBL)

Titre : Food Systems Caravan

Pays / Region : Afrique de l’Ouest : five countries : Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria

Dates : Start of project 01.09.2019 — End of project 31.12.2021

FiBL project number : 10132

Résumé _ Working towards an agroecological transition and a systemic approach to food systems

The Food Systems Caravan travelled more than 3500 Km by land through five countries : Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria, linking different local actors of the food systems and promoting dialogues to upscale innovative practices to make West African food systems more sustainable. The project was built on an extensive network of projects under the framework of the food security module of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (R4D), and aimed at establishing new bridges between science, practice and information and communication technologies. One of the main goals was to activate change and disseminate examples of positive socio-ecological transformations adapted to the West African context.

Description
The Food Systems Caravan (caravan) disseminated and upscaled locally adapted agroecological practices resulting from ongoing participatory research projects in the framework of the food security module of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d) and sought to accelerate their uptake by farmers and other food system actors in West Africa. Thereby, it built stronger bridges in the production, use and synthesis of knowledge between different sectors, which typically do not have much contact with each other, such as farmers, scientists, policy makers, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), extension officers and members of the private sector. The caravan was a collaboration between FiBL Switzerland (Fernando Sousa), the University of Bern (Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza), and the independent film maker Sara Baga, as well as research and civil society partners in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria.

The caravan built on the results of these four transdisciplinary r4d projects that focus on ecologically and socially sustainable solutions for food systems in West Africa : the ORM4Soil (Organic Resource Management for Soil Fertility) project, the IFWA (Insect as Feed for West Africa) project, the Yamsys (Sustainable Yam Systems) project and the FoodSAF (Towards Food Sustainability) project. After six years of transdisciplinary research with scientists-practitioner teams in different West African countries and Switzerland, these four r4d projects provided important insights on : integrated soil-fertility management for sustainable yam-based cropping systems (YAMSYS) ; the use of local organic resources and agroforestry systems to enhance soil fertility (ORM4Soil) ; the use of insects as sustainable poultry farming and aquaculture systems for smallholder farms (IFWA) ; and tools to assess the sustainability of food systems (FoodSAF).

Partenaires : University of Bern (Switzerland)

Financement : Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme), a joint funding initiative by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Présentation : FiBL

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