Agro-ecological strategies for resilient farming in West Africa


CIRAWA will boost the implementation of agro-ecology in West Africa, thus facilitating the transition to a more sustainable food system. This area is particularly vulnerable to climate change due to its climate variability and the dependence of its agriculture on rainfall. In response, CIRAWA will provide new solutions, including strategies such as the production of high quality seeds, waste valorisation and production of biofertilisers, phytoremediation of saline soils and the adoption of sustainable soil and water management practices. These strategies will be implemented in Cape Verde, Ghana, Senegal and Gambia.


      • To identify and develop agroecology strategies that allow introducing sustainable food systems in West Africa.
      • Develop a tool that allows farmers choosing the best proposed strategies according to the conditions of their agricultural systems. 
      • Implement in a practical way agroecological strategies chosen in pilot plots of 8 different regions in 4 countries.
      • Improve the autonomy and adaptative capacity of farmers.
      • Achieve the maximum range and disemination of agroecology in West Africa through the government organisms and other responsibles. 


      • Project coordination.
      • Definition of the use-case scenarios.
      • Design and development of a consultive risk system (DSS) integrated with the recommendations for fertilizing adapted to each use-case study.
      • Workout labpurs for the africultural community, in order to assimilate as much as possible the results obtained in the project.

      Expected results

      • To facilitate farmers in the study areas in the optimal management of irrigation and fertilisation of their crops.
      • Train the same farmers in other agro-ecological practices adapted to the conditions of the environment.
      • Establish an information and consultation network to enable representatives of the agricultural world to share their experiences and improve their decision-making power.
      • Ultimately, to facilitate the adoption of sustainable agricultural models in West Africa.

      R&D Line

      • Research in bio-fito remediation of degradated soil through the ecological restoration, metal recovery (biominery),etc.



      • Fundación CARTIF
      • Universidad de Sevilla (USE)
      • Universidad de Valladolid (UVA)
      • Associaçao de defensa do patrimonionatural e cultural do concelho de mértola (ADPM)
      • Landfiles
      • Revolve Water
      • Frontier institute of development planning foundation (FIDEP)
      • University for development studies (UDS CCEIR)
      • Institut senegalais de recherches agricoles (ISRA)
      • The national seed secretariat (NSS)
      • Ministerio da agricultura e ambiente (MAA)
      • Associaçao dos jovens agricultores da zona peri-urbana de porto novo (AJAZPUPN)
      • Associaçao das mulheres do planalto leste (AMUPAL)
      • International centre for research in agroforestry (ICRAF)


      Horizon Europe


      Total Budget: 6,947,466€

      CARTIF Budget: 888,500€

      CARTIF Funding: 888.500€

      Duration : 01/01/2023 – 30/06/2027



      Silvia Gómez

      Division of Agrifood and Processes


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