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Agro-silvo-pastoral systems in West Africa - ASAP

How can we work with farmers in West Africa to design innovative, intensive and ecologically-friendly crop-livestock systems?

Family agro-silvo-pastoral systems are in the majority in West Africa. They are the main lever for development. They are also facing a multiplicity of demographic, economic and climatic changes, and their productivity is not making sufficient progress to satisfy demand. Intensification is the preferred type of pathway, but it exposes farmers and the environment to a range of risks and degradation processes. Action research in partnership serves to design more productive, more sustainable crop-livestock systems based on the principles of ecological intensification.



  • Institut national des recherches agricoles du Bénin (INRAB)

Burkina Faso

  • Centre international de recherche-développement sur l'élevage en zone subhumide (CIRDES)
  • Institut de l'environnement et de recherches agricoles (INERA)
  • Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso: Institute of Rural Development (UPB/IDR)


  • French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)

Ivory Coast

  • Peleforo Gon Coulibaly University (UPGC)
  • Korogho


  • Institut d’économie rurale (IER)