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5 September 2023
Food systems

InfoPoint: Improving farmers’ livelihoods in the Sahel through agroforestry and the agroecological intensification of farming systems

Investing in small-scale farming is crucial in the fight against poverty, writes eight Swedish scientists on World Food Day. Photo: Vi-Agroforestry

Can agroecological and agroforestry approaches provide the solutions needed to intensify farming systems in the Sahel in a sustainable way?

Scientific evidence shows that agroecological and agroforestry approaches can increase yields, regenerate soils and improve farmers’ livelihoods, while contributing to making farming systems fairer. The FairSahel and SustainSahel projects are generating reliable evidence on how to successfully implement such practices through co-creation processes between researchers, farmers and other stakeholders in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.

In this conference, the two projects will share experiences and results regarding

  • appropriate management approaches that can generate positive synergies between trees, shrubs, crops and livestock in the local farming systems
  • the complex interactions between the use of native trees and shrubs and livestock health
  • participatory trials in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso generating more knowledge about the appropriate use of trees and shrubs in farmers’ fields, as well as their density and composition
  • the type of stakeholders that can activate systemic changes toward the agroecological transition of farming systems in the Sahel
  • co-creation of innovation systems that can lead to agroecological intensification, as well as the conditions that favour that transition
  • insights from the multi-stakeholder knowledge-sharing process, including training and dissemination activities


  • Christophe Larose, INTPA F3
  • Eric Scopel, CIRAD (France)
  • Harun Cicek, FiBL (Switzerland)
  • Yelemou Barthélémy, INERA (Burkina Faso)
  • Astou Camara, ISRA (Senegal)


Language of conference: English

Language of Q&A session: English


Online participation (Webex)

On site (InfoPoint)


From 5 September 2023 at 11:30 to 5 September 2023 at 13:00


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