PROintensAfrica : Pathways to a sustainable intensification of the agri-food system in Africa

Project identifier 100-PROINTENSAFRICA
Project Status finished
Start date 2015-04-01
End date 2017-03-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Cross-cutting issues: Coordination between European and African FNSSA R&I projects
  • Sustainable intensification: Organizational innovations
  • Sustainable intensification: Ecological intensification approaches
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Programme Horizon 2020
    Keyword Partnership; food security; agro-food systems; sustainable intensification
    Location Ghana; Burundi; Ethiopia; Senegal; Botswana; Sudan; Mali; Cote d'Ivoire; Burkina Faso; Kenya; Cameroon; Madagascar; Eritrea; Uganda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Mozambique; Rwanda
    Budget 1 777 873
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Wageningen Research
  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD)
  • Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
  • Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-Ghana)
  • Agricultural Research council (ARC)
  • Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa)
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
  • African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)
  • University of Copenhagen
  • The Registered Trustees of the Association for StrengtheningAgricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)
  • University of Bonn
  • University of Greenwich
  • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS Prague)
  • National Institute for Agronomic Research (INIA)
  • Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
  • Szent Istvan University
  • Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
  • Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles du Burkina Faso (INERA)
  • Project Web Site
    Documents Harnessing the potential of diverse intensification pathways for Food and NutritionSecurity and Sustainable AgricultureOutline for a long-term EU–Africa Research and Innovation Partnership



    The expected growth in the world population from 7 to 9 billion in 2050 and the changing diets require more food to be available by 2050. The world is facing the challenge to improve food and nutrition security (FNS) globally. Africa faces the twin challenge of maintaining its food self-sufficiency and the diversity of its agriculture while its population is expected to double. Africa has a major role to play in FNS, as Africa is vulnerable today, but has a high potential to develop as a major food basket. This requires, however, a transformation of the African agro-food systems, and calls for joining forces to explore and exploit the potential of African agriculture. As no size fits all, optimal use should be made of the rich diversity of pathways that exist or can be developed. This requires a profound understanding of the agro-food systems in combination with the utilization of instruments that aptly assess the efficiency and effectiveness of different pathways.

    PROIntensAfrica is intended to develop a proposal for a long-term research and innovation partnership between Europe and Africa. Focus is on the improvement of the food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of African farmers by exploring and exploiting the rich diversity of pathways leading to sustainable intensification of African agro-food systems, with support of the relevant policy environment.

    The partnership proposal will:
    • describe the scientific and innovation domains that need further research to identify and implement effective pathways (the what),
    • identify the value for both continents in addition to ongoing partnerships and activities (the why), and
    • suggest financial and governance structures that can adequately support the partnership (the how).

    The rationale of the project is that a variety of pathways leads to sustainable intensification of African food systems. Different pathways are advocated in literature. High-input farming systems, for example, contrast with organic farming systems, each with their own supporters and criticasters. It is the conviction of the PROIntensAfrica consortium that moving beyond that debate will open exciting new pathways, and that combining elements of different systems will yield innovative systems that are optimally adapted to specific contexts.