Project: Towards Resilient and sUStainable integrated agro-ecosystems Through appropriate climate-smart FARMing practices

Acronym TRUSTFARM (Reference Number: FOSC-106)
Duration 01/06/2021 - 31/05/2024
Project Topic Agriculture in the Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly a challenging sector that’s shaped by climate change. TRUSTFARM will use climate-smart farm practices (CSFPs) that cope with climate variability. Core challenges in the case study countries will be identified by their climate impact variability on food security. In cooperation with stakeholders,TRUSTFARM will develop Multi-Stakeholder Innovation Platforms(MIPs) to prioritize and select the innovative CSFPs and the best-fit business model for each case study. A toolbox of innovative pathways will be developed that contains the following:1) Identification and promotion of food crops with high yielding germplasm that are resistant to heat and disease; 2) Soil and water conservation to improve productive capacity; 3) Adoption of best practices in small ruminant husbandry. TRUSTFARM will design integrated agro-ecosystems based on the selected pathways with on-farm trials. The environmental and economic impacts of the designed systems will be assessed using Life Cycle Analysis. To increase and diversify farmers’ income, three business models will be developed:1) A farmer-to-farmer seed delivery system in Africa for varieties that are tolerant to climate variability; 2) Resource Recovery and Reuse to produce vermicompost; 3) Dairy products and wool from small ruminants. Expected results: i) A strong EU and African partnership for R&I to achieve the goals of sustainability and food security; ii) Better understanding of the impact of climate change in the case-study countries; iii) Improved capacity building among farmers’ and stakeholders’ with better coordination of the targeted value chains; iv) Improved soil and water quality and thus productivity with efficient use of inputs; v) Enhanced farmers' incomes and a boosting of the rural economy as well as consumers’ nutrition; vi) Dissemination of the integrated agro-ecosystem and CSFPs through social media, taking advantage of farmers’ smartphone usage.
Network FOSC
Call 1st FOSC Joint Cofund Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Development in Transition Economies Coordinator Germany
2 Cairo University Partner Egypt
3 Institute for Mediterranean Agriculture and Forest Systems Partner Italy
4 National Institute for Agricultural Research Partner Morocco
5 Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement Partner France
6 Mohammed VI Polytechnic University Partner Morocco
7 Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar Partner Senegal
8 University Cadi Ayyad Marrakech Partner Morocco