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Global food production needs to increase to feed the 9 billion people living on the planet in 2050. Yet the agricultural sector is highly vulnerable to climate change and contributes significantly to GHG emissions. Agricultural systems thus need to evolve towards increased resilience and efficiency. Photo: FAO/G. Napolitano

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Contact: Sy Alain Traore, Chief of Agriculture and Rural Development, syalaintraore@yahoo.fr; satraore@ecowas.int

The Promotion of Smart Agriculture towards Climate Change and agro-ecology transition in West Africa (in French, “Agriculture Intelligente pour le Climat”, or AIC) is a regional initiative focused on Africa. The global objective is to support the transition towards agro-ecology in West Africa to reinforce the resilience of vulnerable populations. The initiative aims at the adoption of practices by 25 million households by 2025.

This initiative includes two steps: firstly, the spread of best practices through public policies (involvement of public services in charge of agricultural and environmental policies) and, subsequently, farmers' training and support by NGOs and producers (involvement of producer organisations and operators).

This initiative concerns 15 West-African countries, including Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Senegal, and, the main financial partners include the European Union, the World Bank, and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) of the African Union.

Means of achievement:

  • Creation of a platform to share knowledge: capitalisation of technics and ecology intensive practices, data on investments, and data on carbon sequestration.
  • Promotion of these practices through agro-meteorological support: climate modelling and of its impacts on agriculture, strengthening of the production and dissemination of information systems.
  • Production and dissemination of best practices.
  • Supporting the scale-up of best practices: the use of agroforestry species with carbon sequestration capacities, storm water management, soil regeneration and fertilization.
  • Reinforcement of national and regional capacity building in policies and strategies: promotion of best practices in programmes and projects, trainings.
  • Mobilizing financial and technical resources: access to the International Climate Fund (primary channel of UK climate change finance), creation of expert pools.

Levels of Action

  • Regional: capacity bulding, climate data, resource mobilisation, coordination between projects and partners;
  • National: creation of an expert pool to mobilize resources and reinforce institutional capacities;
  • Local: implementation of AIC technical packages by agricultural operators and community-based organisations.

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