Access Agriculture and SustainSahel
Access Agriculture is a partner in the EU-funded SustainSahel project which aims to promote practices that enhance soil quality and yields, build resilience towards climate change, and contribute to food security and better livelihoods.
Florent Okry, Regional Representative of Access Agriculture in West and Central Africa says: “The remit of our organisation is to promote agroecological principles and rural entrepreneurship through capacity development and South-South exchange of quality farmer-to-farmer training videos in local languages. Our role in the SustainSahel project is to contribute to knowledge dissemination by translating training videos in local languages of Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal and by producing new videos on practices that will emerge and will be approved by farmers. We look forward to joining our project colleagues in Africa and Europe to forward the aims and objectives of SustainSahel.”
The project is coordinated by FiBL- Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland - and is funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's framework programme for research and innovation. It involves 18 partners from 10 African and European countries.
The 5-year project is designed to contribute to achieving many of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) - SDGs 2,13 & 15 by developing and supporting implementation of practices to improve soil water capture/holding capacity and organic matter content; increasing productivity through optimised crops, shrubs, livestock (CSL) integration, and climate mitigation. Through capacity and partnership development, networking and a multi-actor approach enhancing the conditions for innovation, Sustain Sahel will also contribute to SDGs 1, 5, 16 & 17.