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Road to Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Resilience: CIRAWA Project Plenary Lands in West Africa


CIRAWA will host its 2nd Consortium Meeting from 28 February to 2 March 2024, in Santo Antão, Cape Verde. The gathering in Porto Novo will bring together 14 partners from nine countries, all united in their commitment to improve food nutrition, local livelihoods, and ecosystem health for small-scale farmers in West Africa. CIRAWA is a four-year, EU-funded project focused on innovative agroecological solutions to build climate resilience in Cape Verde, Ghana, Senegal and The Gambia.

Cape Verde, an island nation, is witnessing the effects of climate change. The country’s agricultural sector, which mainly comprises family subsistence farms, is particularly vulnerable to climate challenges and local communities must work together towards climate solutions. It is in this sense that the CIRAWA gathering will serve as an opportunity for the project to expand its network and forge closer ties with local associations to plan for a more climate resilient future. This will be done by focusing on the four innovative agroecological approaches that are emphasized by CIRAWA: agrowaste valorisation, phytoremediation, quality seeds and land management practices.

During the Cape Verde meeting, participants will take part in two field trips to explore different agroecological associations: AJAZPUN (Associacao dos Jovens Agricultoresda Zona Peri-Urbana de Porto Novo) and AMUPAL (Associação das Mulheres do Planalto Leste). AJAZPUN and AMUPAL are projects that promote agricultural – as well as economic – improvements for women in Cape Verde through training geared towards the sustainable tourism sector.

Both projects have been praised for their positive influence on the area, which is why CIRAWA intends to use the field trips to understand the various agroecological techniques developed on Santo Antão Island, discuss sustainable farming practices, and exchange knowledge.

Additionally, participants will take part in workshops focused on raising awareness and engaging with local communities. Partners will learn effective communication strategies, specifically emphasising community engagement to advocate for agroecology. This session will facilitate networking among participants so they can share experiences and collaborate to develop actionable communication plans for agroecology

In parallel, CIRAWA will host a policy roundtable in Santo Antão, convening farmers, researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders. The session aims to address challenges, needs, and solutions in sustainable agriculture and agroecology. Discussions will focus on identified issues such as water access, monocultures, transport, labor, financing, and pest management, with the goal of informing policy decisions and fostering collaboration.

“Gathering for the 2nd CIRAWA meeting this time in Cape Verde, we will be focused on helping farmers and solving challenges. With partners from nine countries, we’re working together to make farming more resilient in front of climate changes in West Africa.” Silvia Gómez Valle, CARTIF. Project coordinator

By the end of the 2nd Consortium Meeting, agroecological strategies will be newly evaluated through the fresh knowledge gained through the field trip and one-on-one conversations with Cape Verdean associations. Thus, CIRAWA can play its part of creating a climate resilient Cape Verde more efficiently with close connections to the local network of farmers, innovators, and associations.


Funded by the European Union and coordinated by CARTIF Technology Centre, the project brings together a total of 14 partners from 9 different European and African countries. The 4 and a half-year project, launched in January 2023, will receive a total grant of 6.9 million euros from the European Commission within Horizon Europe under the “Agroecological approaches in African agriculture systems” programme to develop innovative agroecological strategies to build climate resilience in West Africa. In Cape Verde, the project counts on the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, the Womens Association of Planalto Leste and the Young farmers Assocation of Porto-Novo working all coordinated by the Mértola Heritage Defense Association (ADPM).

Source: CIRAWA

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Emmanuel Ameyaw

Emmanuel Ameyaw is the Founder and Editor of Ghana's foremost Climate-focused news website-The Climate Insight. He has varied experience in journalism across local and international media. He worked as Sub-Editor at TV Africa and MX24 TV. He also served as a Senior Correspondent for Zambian based – MOZO TV. He has published articles on climate change and its impact on communities across major news outlets. He covered major climate conferences notably COP27, COP28, etc.

This extensive work has earned him recognition, including the Global Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowship 2021, World Bank Innovate4Climate Media Fellowship 2021 and CJID West Africa Climate Change Fellowship 2022 and the Clean Air Reporting Fellowship 2023. He is a member of the prestigious Oxford Climate Journalism Network and Earth Journalism Network.

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