Ivory Coast: market gardening in agroecological transition
In response to agricultural production that is both too expensive and too low-yielding in relation to demand, Ivorian farmers are turning to agroecology. They are already obtaining more consistent outputs, richer soils and a wide variety of crops that give them greater income flexibility. CIRAD and its partners have been working with them in this area since 2019. To go further, as part of the MARIGO project, launched in 2022 and coordinated by CIRAD, scientists, trainers, producers and consumers will be pooling their knowledge and know-how over four years. The MARIGO project is funded by the European Union under the DeSIRA programme.
Citizen participation: when residents decide together on the future of their territory
In five rural regions of Tunisia, 4000 people from all walks of life have contributed to a vast participatory territorial planning process. CIRAD scientists are supporting the participatory and inclusive aspects of this programme. These participatory territorial planning operations are being carried out as part of the PACTE programme, which focuses on five governorates (Bizerte, Kairouan, Le Kef, Sidi Bouzid and Siliana). This project, coordinated by the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture since 2018, is improving governance of natural resources and helping rural territories adapt to climate change.
Improving the lives of small-scale livestock farmers in Nigeria
Over 20 million households in Nigeria depend on livestock for their food and livelihoods. To support this sector and contribute to the country's food security, the LIDISKI project is helping to improve surveillance and control of two animal diseases. Peste des petits ruminants causes almost $2 billion of damage each year in Nigeria, while the highly virulent Newcastle disease can wipe out entire flocks of chickens. The project's activities are designed with an integrated health approach.
Demand for dairy products is currently increasing in Africa. However, dairies have problems sourcing local milk in terms of volume, regularity and quality. The Africa-Milk project supports the co-design and implementation of technical, organizational and institutional innovations to increase and secure local milk supplies in Senegal, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Kenya.
More and more farmers are adopting agroecological practices, as here in Senegal. This new approach to agriculture is beginning to bear fruit. It is based on a range of technical solutions tailored to each territory and each crop. CIRAD and its partners are convinced that agroecology can provide a response to the challenges posed by climate change and population growth.
Cocoa production in Africa today is threatened by climate change and disease. Within the framework of the #Cocoa4Future project, small producers and researchers are working in partnership to reinvent efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly cocoa farming systems.