AGRO 2015 / FSD5


The 5th International Symposium for
Farming Systems Design

“Multi-functional farming systems in a changing world”

Le Corum conference center, Montpellier, France


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Program outline

Oral presentations

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Workshop W6. Pathways for sustainable intensification of African agriculture?

: Ken Giller (WUR)
Philippe Lecomte (CIRAD), Liang Weili (Hebei Agricultural University)

60 participants from 17 countries attended this workshop focused on the challenges, methods and achievements of research on analysis and design of Agricultural Systems in Africa. Presentations and discussion aimed to identify the opportunities, constraints and trade-offs at field, farm, landscape, supply chain and institutional levels, to support the transition of African agriculture towards a sustainable improvement of food production and reduction of poverty in the context of global change.

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10.00: “Big data from small farms in sub Saharan Africa: From targeting of interventions to farming systems design”
Mark Van Wijk, ILRI, Costa Rica

10.25: “Integrating the women's labor investment into the performance assessment of ox-drawn cotton production in Cote d'Ivoire”
Michel Fok, CIRAD, France

10.40: “The risk of declines in soil fertility and crop productivity due to decreased livestock presence in agropastoral zones of West Africa”
Jonathan Vayssieres, CIRAD, France

10.55: “Soil nutrient balance, economic performance and scenarios for closing nutrient gaps in heterogeneous smallholder farm systems in south-western Burkina Faso”
Boundia Alexandre Thiombiano, WASCAL Competence Center, Burkina Faso

11.10: “Pathways for the sustainable intensification of agriculture”
Daniel Rodriguez, University of Queensland, Australia

11.25: Tailoring cropping systems to variable climate, diverse farms and landscapes”
Leonard Rusinamhodzi, CIMMYT, Kenya

11.40: “Socio-ecological conditions for food security in African drylands: A quantitative and spatially-explicit typology to facilitate learning”
Diana Sietz, WUR, The Netherlands

11.55: “Improving the productive performance of family farms in Senegalese rural area”
Assane Beye, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal

12.00: “Emerging farms in Northern Cameroon: an economic and social change towards high agricultural productivity?”
Herve Guibert, CIRAD, France

12.05: “A GxExM approach to manage climate risks in rainfed maize cropping systems”
Joseph Eyre, University of Queensland, Australia

12.10 -1.30: Lunch break

1.30: “Innovative participatory farming system design: combining on-farm crop/livestock trials with ex-ante trade-off analysis”
Gatien Falconnier, WUR, The Netherlands

1.55: “Ecosystem services for West African farming systems: the role of woody shrub mulch”
Georges Felix, WUR, The Netherlands

2.10: “Assessing soil water trajectories and WUE: A multi-year modeling approach to design resilient cereal-legume rotations in the dry areas”
Helene Marrou, Montpellier Supagro, France

2.20: “Application of farm typology to explore soil fertility variability and farm-specific nutrient management recommendations in smallholder farming systems in sub- Saharan Africa”
Shamie Zingore, IPNI, Kenya

2.25:“Institutionalizing Systems Approaches for Improving Agricultural Livelihoods in an Arid Ecoregion of South Asia”
Shalander Kumar, ICRISAT, India

2.30: Break and discussion

3.10: “What level of detail in input data and crop models is required for food production studies in West Africa?” (online video not authorized by the author)
Katharina Waha, CSIRO, Australia

3.35: "Participatory modelling of the trajectories of agro-sylvo-pastoral systems at landscape and community levels in West Africa - the case of Senegalese groundnut basin"
Myriam Grillot,
CIRAD, Senegal

3.40: A more integrated approach for a diversity of intensification approaches and pathways to cope with the necessity of sustainable intensification of African agri-food systems: The IntensAfrica initiative: Position paper”
Florent Maraux, CIRAD, France

4.05: “Ex-ante analysis of opportunities for the sustainable intensification of maize production in Mozambique”
Caspar Roxburgh, University of Queensland, Australia

4.20: “Possible ex-ante assessment of rice-vegetable systems performances when facing data scarcity: use of the PERSYST model in West Africa”
Theo Furlan, Montpellier SupAgro, France

4.25: "Farm type-specific adoption behaviour in sustainable soil nutrient management: the case of smallholder farms in Ioba province, Burkina Faso"
Boundia Alexandre Thiombiano, WASCAL Competence Center, Burkina Faso

4.40: "Trajectories of farming systems and land use changes in Southern Ethiopia"
Yodit Kebede, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

4.55: "Fighting food insecurity and alleviating poverty in the face of climate change through rice-growing in Tonga (West-Cameroon)"
Christelle Tchieudjo, University of N'Djamena, Chad

5.00: Conclusions and discussion



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