Participants at the workshop. Photo: Jerome Jonah, ICRISAT
STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING RESILIENT FARMING SYSTEMS FOR THE SEMI-ARID REGIONS OF WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA
Stakeholders reviewed, consolidated and charted pathways for sustaining the resilience of farming systems in different agro-ecologies of the semi-arid regions of West and Central Africa, at a workshop in Nigeria.
The presentations addressed the functioning and the integration of the drivers of resilience and components of effective technology packaging and delivery with the overall aim of increasing production and productivity of the farming systems.
The discussions provided an avenue for prioritizing research extension, policy and options for funding to attain large-scale impact across the region. From the deliberations the following trends and research gaps were noted:
- Growing demand for crop-livestock products in WCA
- Changes in the structure of the demand for food which are driven by increased per capita income and rapid urbanization resulting in change in diets and preferences
- Price volatility of major agricultural produce and natural resources associated with marketing of agricultural produce
- Challenges of managing pastoralism and dealing with issues of conflicts between pastoralism and farmers
- Climate change is a major issue impacting agricultural production and attainment of food security
- Inadequate synergy between research and policy and low participation of women and youth in agricultural extension, thereby limiting service delivery to women in key value chains.
The workshop recommendations for addressing the above issues included:
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