Convergence and divergence of farming technologies, agroecological principles and smallholder agriculture

Researchers from SustInAfrica participated at TROPENTAG 2022, the conference on International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development. The conference contribution of SIA colleagues dealt with the convergence and divergence of smart and precision farming technologies, agroecological principles and smallholder agriculture in Africa. Agroecological approaches and smart and precision farming technologies can potentially increase productivity of smallholder …

SustInAfrica Progress Report 2022

SustInAfrica has started on September 20 and is expected to be concluded in August 25. The overall goal of is to empower West and North African smallholder farmers and small- to medium-sized enterprises , in 39 core communities from 13 Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZs) in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger – West Africa –  and Egypt and Tunisia – North Africa -. …

Enhancing quality and yield of olive production through application of organic farming practices in Egypt

Context In Egypt, olive cultivationis is as old as 3000+ years, as documented by wall-drawing of ancient Egyptians (Fig. 1 illustrats photos of wall-paiting of ancient Egyptians harvesting olive from the trees). In the last decade, interest in olive cultivation rapidly increased due to its economic and nutritional values, and tolerance to relatively high salinity soils. However, the low organic …

Testing some agro-ecological practices to enhance biodiversity and the productivity of olive orchards in Tunisia

Context In Tunisia, olive is considered an important crop for its high economic and nutritional values. It is mainly cultivated under rainfed conditions for olive oil production. However, the water scarcity and the low organic matter content of the soil lead to the vulnerability of the olive tree to pests’ infestation. Some agro-ecological practices were tested to promote the olive …

SustInAfrica Project Communication UDS

Food production in Africa over the years has realized a decline. This decline can be attributed to poor soil health, and loss of functional ecosystems due to the unregulated use of chemicals. The environment as a natural body is linked and interdependent. Plant performance depends on the soil, other plants, insects, water etc., and the interrelationship between them can have …

Agro-ecological practices and ICT among African smallholder farmers: Evidence from SustInAfrica

Authors: (CIHEAM Bari – Andi Mehmeti, Generosa Jenny Calabrese, Mladen Todorovic) African agriculture and food systems are constantly under pressure due to a set of inter-connected factors including an underdeveloped agricultural sector, intensification of adverse climatic events, limited quality and availability of resources (land and water), population growth, and lack of funding and use of new technologies. The consequences of …

Measuring mango and pineapple fields in Tamale and Cape Coast

A report for measurement series in Ghana. Participants: The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), DexAfrica (DEX), University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Cape Coast (UCC). Authors: Marius Hobart and Eugene Anin-Adjei In March 2022, a scientific exchange between Ghanaian and German partners took place in the project Sustainable intensification for Northern and Western Africa (SustInAfrica). This …

European-African collaboration to tackle challenges of African food systems

Under the lead of two Finnish research institutes, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, three new EU-funded projects have started to develop and implement solutions addressing the challenges African food systems are facing. The strong African-European collaboration aims to transform African food systems towards sustainable food production and enhance consumption of nutritious food. Global …