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

Scientific abstract
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 change. Core challenges in the case studies will be identified by their climate impact variability on food security. In cooperation with stakeholders, TRUSTFARM will develop Multi-Stakeholder Innovation Platforms (MIPs) to prioritise and select the best-fit innovative CSFPs 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 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, two business models will be developed:
1) Reduce Reuse Recycle (RRR) to produce high-quality compost;
2) Dairy and meat products and wool from small ruminants.

TRUSTFARM will select one or both business models according to the needs of each case study with the stakeholders through the MIPs. Expected results:
i) A strong EU and African partnership for R&I to achieve the goals of sustainability and food security;
ii) A 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.