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Fostering agro-ecological transition in North Africa through multi-actor design, evaluation and networking (NATAE)

Fostering agro-ecological transition in North Africa through multi-actor design, evaluation and networking (NATAE)

Overall objective

To encourage agro-ecological transition in North Africa to increase the overall sustainability of agriculture and local resilience of territories.

Specific intervention area

The project will focus on the agro-ecological transition in 6 living labs and 7 replication labs representative of the diversity of agricultural systems in North Africa (mountain systems, oasis and peri-oasis systems, peri-urban systems, cereal plains and irrigated valleys) located in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, and Egypt.

Project objectives

• Assess the multidimensional benefits of agro-ecological practices for different agricultural systems in North Africa; identify levers and constraints for the dissemination of agro-ecological practices, as well as conditions, means, and tools to support the agro-ecological transition.
• Strengthen market access strategies for small producers and to increase consumer demand for food products from agroecology, on national, regional, and international markets.
• Set up a Mediterranean multi-stakeholder network on agroecology promoting knowledge exchange among different communities and the development of advocacy.
• Strengthen key actors in charge of policy-making and higher education to promote the agro-ecological transition.

Key figures
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living labs and 7 replication labs representing the diversity of agricultural systems in 5 North African countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Egypt.

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A Mediterranean multi-stakeholder knowledge network on agro-ecology, with at least 20 members in Europe and 50 members in North Africa.

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At least 10 rural communities will be strengthened in North Africa and informed of the benefits of agro-ecological practices and 3000 consumers will be informed of the benefits of agricultural products from agro-ecological practices.

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15 scientific articles, 15 presentations at scientific conferences, and 5 policy advocacy documents.

Main activities carried out
  • Assess, through a multi-stakeholder participatory approach and by developing an integrated modelling chain, the optimal combinations of agro-ecological practices.
  • Stimulate consumer demand and acceptability for agroecological products and evaluate the performance of agricultural product value chains.
  • Promote knowledge and practice exchanges by developing a multi-actor network on agroecology in the Mediterranean.
  • Identify political measures that support or hinder the development of agroecology and develop advocacy for political change.
  • Integrate innovations in agroecology into education and training systems.

 

To follow all NATAE activities and discover the 22 project partners, visit natae-agroecology.eu

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Acronym​

NATAE

Country and/or area of intervention

Mauritanie, Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie, Egypte

Project date

2022 - 2026

Coordinator

Budget

6 999 185 €

Partners

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