Community management of crop diversity to enhance resilience, yield stability and income generation in changing West African climates
Duration: 01/May/2008 - 30/Apr/2012
Locations: West and Central Africa
Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Bundesministerium for Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)-Germany,Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)-Germany
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals,Dryland Systems
The goal of this research-action project is to enhance farm community resilience, production stability and income generation in West Africa under variable and changing climates by enriching agro-biodiversity management across a climatic gradient. Participatory, gender-aware co-learning activities on how to use intra- and inter-specific crop diversity (including dual-purpose, biofuel, vegetable, tree crops) and natural resource management (NRM) will engage farmers, extension personnel and scientists in selected communities at risk in the Sahelian, Sudanian and North Guinean zones of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana. Detailed environmental data combined with genotype x environment x management (GxExM) interactions modeling provide insights into future scenarios and identify best options for crop diversity management under climate change. The project's philosophy is to treat environmental variability as an opportunity for production intensification and stabilization.