The EWA-BELT project aims at developing Sustainable Intensification (SI) of agriculture productions in organic, agroforestry and mixed crop and livestock farming systems in 38 study areas of 6 countries belonging to EAST (Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania) and WEST (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Sierra Leone) Africa.
The research activities, carried out in Farmer Field Research Units (FFRU), address areas such as marginalized or abandoned lands and existing agricultural lands to increase their yield potential.
Through integrated participative research innovative tools (FFRU, ICT, Integrated Pest Disease Management - IPDM) and identification and dissemination of best practices, participating countries will be linked into an interregional East-West African BELT able to reinforce Sustainable Intensification in agriculture. The project will introduce highly innovative, cost-affordable technologies, to be easily used in the field by unskilled personnel. EWA-BELT will address gender issues and empowering women at every stage of the process.
Finally, to maximize the impact, project results (in progress and final achievements) will be disseminated yearly during the Infopoverty World Conference at the UN Headquarters, one of the highest-level initiatives to elaborate strategies and design solutions towards Sustainable Intensification.