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“Mieux comprendre les innovations paysannes”

Georges Félix was intervieewed on farmer led-innovations at the Foire d’innovations paysannes d’Afrique de l’Ouest (West African Farmer Innovator Fair) held in May 2015 at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Find the article on this link (unfortunately only in French!)

crédits photos : Georges Félix
Rabah Lahmar and Hamidou Sawadogo discussing about benefits and limits to the use of Piliostigma as soil amendment in semi-arid Burkina Faso. Picture taken by Georges Félix at Kamboinsé Experimental Station (2014)

Agroecology Symposium at the FAO: a small step for farming families, a big step for policy makers

Agriculture Ministers from Japan, Algeria, France, Senegal, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the EU commissioner of agriculture and rural development. All expressed their commitment to support agroecological development in their countries at the1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition. (Photo credit: Ana Paula Matei)

The general message at the symposium was clear: agroecology is key to building sustainable food systems.

“Agroecology can find a shelter under the FAO”. These were the words of FAO’s General Director, José Graziano da Silva at the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition on the 18th and 19th of September 2014. Set in the headquarters of the FAO in Rome, with 400 participants from all over the world, Graziano da Silva stressed the potential agroecology has to end world hunger while supporting family farmers.

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New MSc thesis subjects within the WASSA project in Burkina Faso

A PhD project started in 2013 and there are now several opportunities for doing a MSc thesis subject in Burkina Faso on soil degradation and restoration at the chairgroup of Farming Systems Ecology (FSE) of Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Check out two new thesis subjects published on the website of FSE.

Use of native woody shrubs for restoration of degraded soils in Soudano-Sahelian agro-ecosystems.htm

Assessing and mapping soil degradation in local farm communities in Soudano-Sahelian agro-ecosystems.htm

Within these subjects you can focus on one or more relevant fields like agroecology, agroforestry, soil sciences, social sciences,GIS, and modelling.