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IFAD EU Workshop
24-25 May 2018
Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
West Africa Forest-Farm
Interface Project (WAFFI)
(Enhancing Smallh...
The WAFFI Project
Applied, multi-disciplinary research to
identify practices and policy
interventions to improve livelihoo...
The Forest Farm Interface
A mosaic landscape of integrated
management combining agricultural,
forest and livestock land us...
Promoting Social Learning at
the Village Level
Auto-appraisal tool: assessment of
local issues, needs and opportunities
Pa...
Socio-ecological characterization with
innovative methodologies
LDSF (Land degradation surveillance framework) Soil and ve...
Improved understanding the
multi-use landscape
management
Common issues from focus groups
• Tension around resource access...
Engagement and Dialogue for
Knowledge Sharing and Scaling
Iterative learning process focused on
problem solving
• Exchange...
Next Steps for WAFFI
Finalize collaborative research:
• PAR processes to build local capacity
at village scale
• Polyscape...
IFAD EU Workshop
24-25 May 2018
Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
THANK YOU - MERCI
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West Africa Forest-Farm Interface Project (WAFFI): Enhancing smallholder food security, incomes and gender equity within West Africa’s forest-farm interface

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Presented by Peter Cronkleton of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) at the IFAD EU Workshop, 24–25 May 2018, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

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West Africa Forest-Farm Interface Project (WAFFI): Enhancing smallholder food security, incomes and gender equity within West Africa’s forest-farm interface

  1. 1. IFAD EU Workshop 24-25 May 2018 Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire West Africa Forest-Farm Interface Project (WAFFI) (Enhancing Smallholder Food Security, Incomes and Gender Equity within West Africa’s Forest Farm Interface)
  2. 2. The WAFFI Project Applied, multi-disciplinary research to identify practices and policy interventions to improve livelihoods and food security 12 village sites across two landscapes in southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana Project Activities: • Promote social learning to build local capacity • Improve understanding of multi-use landscape management • Exchange and dialogue for knowledge sharing and scaling
  3. 3. The Forest Farm Interface A mosaic landscape of integrated management combining agricultural, forest and livestock land uses. • Spatial and temporal combination of agricultural, forest, agroforestry and pastoralism • Recognition that forest and trees are not segregated from agriculture in smallholder systems • Production adapted to local context to support livelihoods and food security Tree products offer crucial safety net function (food and income) Use and dependence on tree products vary by gender (sophisticated tree-tenure arrangements) Subjected to increased pressure and change
  4. 4. Promoting Social Learning at the Village Level Auto-appraisal tool: assessment of local issues, needs and opportunities Participatory Action Research (PAR): problem solving focused on emerging local topics: • Fuelwood access and shortage • Over exploitation of trees (conflict of use for food, fuel and fodder) • Negotiation to adapt resource access • Restoration of community forests • Management of pastoral zones
  5. 5. Socio-ecological characterization with innovative methodologies LDSF (Land degradation surveillance framework) Soil and vegetation health - tree diversity and regeneration trends – erosion and carbon stocks POLYSCAPE Wealth ranking and forest dependency - Participatory mapping: livelihood interactions with forest-farm interface – policy maps - ecosystem services analysis and trade-offs Burkina Faso Ghana
  6. 6. Improved understanding the multi-use landscape management Common issues from focus groups • Tension around resource access and restrictions near conservation units • Lack on income options during dry season drives youth migration • “Conflict of use” issues related to forest/tree resources generate negative impacts for women • Accommodation of transhumant herders and agricultural communities is a key management issue
  7. 7. Engagement and Dialogue for Knowledge Sharing and Scaling Iterative learning process focused on problem solving • Exchange meetings with village participants and researchers to: • Review progress and results • Define agenda for discussion with policy makers • Multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing: Collaboration involving villagers, researchers, key policy makers and local/regional authorities • Facilitated dialogue to enhance interaction • Focus on agenda emerging from grassroots.
  8. 8. Next Steps for WAFFI Finalize collaborative research: • PAR processes to build local capacity at village scale • Polyscape analysis to understand livelihood and ecosystem service interaction • Gendered Value Chain Analysis (GVCA) Validate and disseminate lessons learned • Multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing platform to define adaptive strategies • South-South exchange between sites (including farmers, researchers and policy makers)
  9. 9. IFAD EU Workshop 24-25 May 2018 Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire THANK YOU - MERCI

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