The SustInAfrica project – Sustainable intensification of food production through resilient farming systems in West & North Africa, in which ISEG participates, was approved by the European Commission, as part of the H2020-SFS-2018-2020 programme – Sustainable Food Security – with a maximum classification of 15/15 and financing of 7 million euros.
Led by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), the project counts on more than 15 European and African partners, and will last for five years, with a planned start date of September.
ISEG’s participation is headed up by the visiting Assistant Professor and Researcher, Idalina Dias Sardinha (of the CSG research Consortium and the Department of Social Sciences). The ISEG team is multi-disciplined and includes the following colleagues: Alexandre Abreu, Amélia Branco, Nuno Crespo, Pedro Verga Matos, Sofia Bento and Rita Queiroga, and will receive financing of 734,000 euros.
The main objective of this project is to design, implement, test and validate agro-ecological practices by using new technologies to increase primary productivity and the sustainability of agricultural systems in North and West Africa. Fieldwork will take place in pilot communities in five African countries – Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Egypt, and Tunisia. The main beneficiaries will be farmers and local entrepreneurs who provide agricultural services, or who are part of the food value chain.
The ISEG team will head up the first work package which will carry out the basic analysis of the agricultural systems of the regions and the planned pilots, as well as the design and follow-up of monitoring over the duration of the project. The team will also participate in the development of community involvement and training methods during the project.