SEACRIFOG : Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations

Project identifier 69-SEACRIFOG
Project Status finished
Start date 2017-03-01
End date 2020-02-29
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Ecological intensification approaches
  • Cross-cutting issues: Coordination between European and African FNSSA R&I projects
  • Cross-cutting issues: Engagement between African and European R&I communities
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Type of Project Applied research project
    Programme H2020-EU.
    Keyword Climate change mitigation; sustainable agriculture; Carbon cycle; Greenhouse gases; Cooperation networks
    Budget 1 999 890
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Johann Heinrich von Th√ľnen Institute Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)
  • West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Integrated carbon observation system European research infrastructureconsortium (ICOS-ERIC)
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
  • University of Bergen (UiB)
  • Norwegian Research Center NORCE
  • Global Change Research Institute CzechGlobe
  • Lund University
  • National Fisheries Development Institute (INDP)
  • Project Web Site
  • Ballesteros et al: Towards a feasible and representative pan-African research infrastructure network for GHG observations
  • SEACRIFOG Collaborative Inventory Tool
  • Description


    African societies face growing global change risks, with rapidly changing patterns of human settlements and intensity of use of ecosystem services. At the same time, climate variability and climate change trends are intensifying stress on the ecosystems that ensure environmental security, both locally (e.g. ecosystem services), regionally (e.g. sustainable development options) and internationally (e.g. carbon sequestration).

    Approaches that can address this challenge in an integrated and multidisciplinary way are urgently needed in many places in Africa where there is a close relationship between societal well-being and environmental condition, relating particularly to biomass for energy and food production, and hydrological considerations such as water yields. Policymakers and land-use decision makers are increasingly dependent on knowledge on the state of the environment. Long-term observational systems and research infrastructures have been identified to be indispensable elements of knowledge generation to serve climate change adaptation, food security, and climate change mitigation both on land and in the ocean.

    Goal of the project:

    The goal of the SEACRIFOG project is to promote the EU-Africa cooperation dialogue at different levels (policy, science, society) on the following themes: land use change, climate-smart agriculture, carbon cycle and greenhouse gases observations, in order to support mitigation and adaptation to climate change. SEACRIFOG overall aim is to build an integrative network for long-term and sustainable cooperation among African and European environmental research infrastructures. Among the project’s outcomes will be the production of an assessment of the situation in Africa on the above topics and as well as a road map on the way forward. The individual sub-aims of SEACRIFOG are tackled in eight work packages.