WAGRINNOVA

The irrigated and improved lowland agricultural systems are not resulting neither in a significant increase in resilience and food security for smallholders nor in a motor for economic growth in West Africa (WA). However, the potential benefits of water-managed agricultural systems areenormous in WA. Irrigated agriculture increases cropping intensity, diversity and productivity; contributes to develop food markets and agroindustry;and generates employment; conversely, it has environmental implications. It is hypothesized here that Sustainable Intensification (SI) of water-managedagricultural systems is the pathway to a new, dynamic, inclusive, market-oriented, technology-based agriculture. SI is not achieved throughstand-alone technology but by combining technologies and governance to design productions systems that are best adapted to local conditions.

WAGRINNOVA (Co-innovations across scales to enhance sustainable intensification,resilience, and food and nutritional security in water-managed agriculturalsystems in West Africa) envisions SI as the springboard that will transform irrigation and lowland communities into resilient,food-secure communities improving their wellbeing through economic growth. The project aspires to change the development paradigm for irrigatedand other water-managed agricultures and identify environmental-friendly systems in WA. The identification of current performancegaps and benchmarks and of a new set of SI solutions will be followed by co-innovation within the project innovation hubs, working simultaneously atdifferent scales (from plot to scheme/improved lowland system). These hubs, where women and youth will be preferred target adopters, will catalyse the change in their respective areas of influence, with a multiplier effect supported by an ICT platform.

 

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  • Contact(s):

    GEAU Project Managers: Serge MARLET & Jean-Christophe POUSSIN 
    Phone: +33 4 67 16 64 83 
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    Web site: http://wagrinnova.cilss.int

     

    Project Leader: Helena Gomez-McPherson, CSIC (Cordoba, Spain)

  • Briefly:

    UMR Team(s) concerned: INCA
    Theme / Domain: Hydraulique, Agronomie, Economie Sponsor of the project: ANR, AFD and other co-funders
    Partner Organizations: CSIC, CIRAD, IRD, SARI, UDS, ISRA, UGB, INERA, WUR, CIHEAM-Bari
    Type of project: ERA-NET Cofund LEAP-Agri (Research and Innovation for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in Africa and Europe)
    Country, Study areas: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana
    Start date of the project: 01/09/2018
    End date of the project: 31/08/2021

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