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InfoPoint conference: Improving farmers’ livelihoods in the Sahel through agroforestry and the agroecological intensification of farming systems

Experiences from the FairSahel (DESIRA) and SustainSahel (H2020) projects

From Senegal to Ethiopia, the Sahel region faces serious environmental and social challenges, such as widespread poverty, worsening security and changes in the weather patterns that threaten the resilience and productivity of farming systems. Since most of the local populations’ livelihoods depend on subsistence farming, it is crucial to investigate and promote practices that enhance soil quality and yields while preserving the long-term health of agroecosystems.

Agroforestry and agroecological practices are interesting for the Sahel context as they typically do not depend exclusively on external inputs to intensify production but rely firstly on the use and optimisation of existing local resources. They are also adapted to the local context where a complex integration of trees, shrubs, crops and livestock in farming systems is prevalent. However, the agroecological transition of food systems in the Sahel is not only a matter of providing technical solutions, but also of creating an enabling a social and institutional environment where farmers are able to negotiate with other local stakeholders.

To improve fairness and social justice in food and agricultural systems, it is important to consider fairness in value chains, access to markets, access to good quality agricultural extension services and training and knowledge, among other elements. From farmers to researchers and from policymakers to food processors, the multidisciplinary aspect of such an agroecological transition implies that all actors work together to make farming systems more ecological and just.

  • the EU's international role | international cooperation
  • Tuesday 5 September 2023, 11:30 - 13:00 (CEST)

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Tuesday 5 September 2023, 11:30 - 13:00 (CEST)
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English, French
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