West Africa

Bringing agroecological alternatives to light in West Africa

While industrial agriculture promises short-term increases in productivity, it is yet to provide a convincing answer to the question of how countries can reduce their reliance on imported food and farming inputs, adapt to climate change, sustain the resource base and providing nutritious diets for all. Over the course of 2017-2019, IPES-Food is undertaking a process of engagement, consultation, alliance-building and collaborative research to bring agroecological alternatives to light in West Africa. 

The project is focused on developing IPES-Food's analysis of barriers and opportunities for agroecology. In order to do so, IPES-Food conducted interviews with farmers, researchers, CSOs and donors, and co-organized a multi-stakeholder meeting with ROPPA in Dakar (April 2018) where a new collaborative platform, the Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa ('3AO'), was born.


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August 2018

Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (3AO) Brochure

A brief overview of the Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (3AO), created in April 2018, during a West African multi-stakeholder meeting co-organized by IPES-Food and ROPPA. 3AO aims to promote and support an agroecological transition in West Africa to ensure resilient, sustainable livelihoods adapted to local agricultural challenges. 

Read the brochure (EN / FR)

April 2018

3AO kick-off meeting summary & roadmap of activities

On April 19-20, 2018 in Dakar, IPES-Food and ROPPA co-hosted a multi-stakeholder meeting, during which over 40 participants agreed on a roadmap of actions to promote agroecology at local, national and regional levels. The Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (‘3AO’ - Alliance pour l’Agroécologie en Afrique de l’Ouest) was launched to coordinate activities.

Read the event summary (FR)

July 2018

3AO Terms of membership

3AO brings together a wide range of organizations working collectively to promote and support a transition to agroecology in West Africa.  The platform invites all organizations interested to read the terms of membership below for more information on how to join.

Read the Terms of membership (EN/FR)

March 2017

Project concept note

Concept note on IPES-Food's process of research and engagement in West Africa on "Bringing agroecological alternatives to light". 

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February 2019

L'agriculture africaine doit radicalement changer de modèle

Les Echos | Emile & Christine Frison