Integrated Soil Fertility Management for Food Security: matching capacities in Anglophone West African Nation HEIs with local needs - CAPACITY4FOOD
CAPACITY4FOOD worked towards enhancing regional networking in ISFM by setting up a Regional Network of Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in ISFM for Food Security within the partner universities and developing targeted activities in ISFM at local/regional level to increase capacity building towards sustainable food production.
The Centres of Excellence are now being sustained by the partner universities and their staff. The centres provide support services to academic and student communities, but also to external stakeholders such as local farmers, farmers’ associations, etc. Thanks to intensive visibility actions, the CoEs have helped engage the participation of Higher Education and Agriculture authorities and a high participation of key stakeholders. Training replication activities have been delivered by the Centres to local farmer communities and associations to raise the awareness on the importance of Sustainable Land Management. This was made possible, thanks to the demonstration plots developed and equiped at each Centre.