Research information from infosysplus.org: Organisations and projects in Benin

Projects with partners - Benin (19)

  • Conservation of Biodiversity in Traditional West African Vegetable Species

    Purpose Improved conservation & sustainable use of biodiversity in Mali & Benin by cataloguing indigenous vegetable (IV) species, domesticating selected species & promoting their value to producers & consumers.

  • Developing rice and sorghum crop adaptation strategies for climate change in vulnerable environments in Africa - RISOCAS

    Goal: To provide operational methodology to measure the impact of climate change scenarios on crop responses for key cereal-based systems of Africa Purpose: To enable policy makers in agricultural research to develop strategies to adapt African agriculture to climate change and to help producers to tactically adapt their system to increased climate variability

  • Development and implementation of a sustainable IPM program for major mango pests and opportunity for improving market information and processing in sub-Saharan Africa

    To enhance food security and income generation capacity in the targeted countries in East and West Africa To develop and implement in collaboration with international and national partners effective approaches to reduction of mango loses due to insect infestation leading to quality

  • Facilitating the uptake of pheromone traps for Maruca vitrata in West Africa

    Objectives: Environmentally safe methods of cowpea pest control developed and promoted. Background: On-station trials of the trap-threshold concept have provided evidence of its effectiveness, compared to spraying based on crop stage. On-farm trials during 2002 and 2003 sought to develop an integrated approach in which traps were combined with botanical pesticides for the control of M. vitrata as well as other pests; this was compared against treatments using recommended synthetic pesticides (in combination with traps or not) and locally varying farmer practice. Traps were found generally to improve control by optimising the timing of application. Although botanical-based treatments often do not perform as well as conventional pesticides, in terms of yield or infestations, their lower input costs can be sufficient to produce similar economic returns.

  • Farmers participatory improvement of production technologies for rainfed rice-based systems in West Africa with emphasis on Nigeria and Benin (NEW CONTRACT-NO: 81051376)

    Major Research Domain: Rice-based farming systems, technology generation, dissemination approaches Goal: Development of approaches that ensure generation and dissemination of demand driven technologies in rainfed rice-based cropping systems in West Africa Outputs: - To extrapolate available approaches to other sites and crops - To measure the impact of adapted technologies - To generate more complex technologies that effect farm household and village - To make available a system of demand driven technology generation and dissemination

  • Implementing pheromone traps and other new technologies for control of cowpea insect pests in West Africa through farmer field schools

    Objectives: Promotion of strategies to reduce the impact of pests and stabilise yields in semi-arid cotton-based cropping systems, for the benefit of poor people. Background: Great progress was made in a previous project, R7441, in developing pheromone traps to assist in the control of Maruca vitrata by acting as predictors of infestations, enabling the timing of control measures to be optimised. The proposed project would continue work to combine the use of pheromone traps with botanical insecticides to control this important pest of cowpea in West Africa. Evidence for continuing constraints to the adoption of these technologies (and demands for their resolution) comes principally from two surveys of farmers' views conducted under project R7441. A project survey conducted in early 2002 found that 92% of farmers in Benin who had experienced pheromone traps during the project believe that they can signal the arrival of M. vitrata in cowpea fields and that this information should allow them to target their spraying activities better.

  • Improving the livelihoods of poor live-stock keepers in Africa through community based management of indigenous farm animal genetic resources

    Major Research Domain: livestock, animal genetic resources, community based management Goal: To improve the livelihoods of poor livestock-keepers in Africa through community-based management of indigenous farm animal genetic resources

  • INCO - Claim: Changes in Land Access, Institutions and Market S in West Africa

    The general objective of the research program is to make a significant contribution to more equitable and appropriate policies and institutions for managing and providing more secure access to land and other natural resources in four countries of West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Côte-d'Ivoire). Such policies lie at the heart of strategies to promote more sustainable development and tackle poverty in Africa. The research programme also seeks to strengthen research capacity and methods for engagement in policy debate in West Africa, while improving understanding of the issues internationally.

  • Integrated management of major insect pests and diseases of cashew in east and western Africa

    Goal: To improve livelihoods through sustainable production and utilization of cashew. Purpose: To develop and implement in collaboration with national and international partners, sustainable integrated management strategies for major cashew insect pests and diseases in SSA; and to train a cadre of scientists to enhance national capacity to implement biocontrol-based IPM in cashew production in Benin and Tanzania.

  • Less loss, more profit, better health: reducing the losses caused by the pod borer (Maruca vitrata) on Vegetable legumes in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa by refining component technologies of a sustainable management strategy

    Goal: To contribute to improving livelihoods through sustainable vegetable legume production systems in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Purpose: To increase income of farmers through sustainable management of legume pod borer on vegetable legumes. To increase income of farmers through sustainable management of legume pod borer on vegetable legumes.

  • Market information System for West Africa

    Appleid research for the development of a decentralised and GIS based information system for monitoring agricultural markets in West Africa.

  • Predicting climate change induced vulnerability of African agricultural systems to major insect pests through advanced insect phenology modeling, and decision aid development for adaptation planning

    Goal: African agriculture (farmers, national agricultural research institutions, policy makers, etc.) copes with the risk of exacerbating and expanding insect pests due to climate change; and, adaptation strategies minimize major pest-related crop losses. Purpose: • Vulnerability of crops to pests induced by climate change determined through phenology modeling, and a database on temperature-driven phenology models developed and computeraide tools provided for pest risk mapping and adaptation planning. • Scientists and IPM practitioners use the project tools for: country-specific pest risk assessments, adaptation planning, improving their pest management strategies, and for providing information to policy makers to improve national pest management and quarantine programs.

  • Promotion of neglected indigenous vegetable crops (IV) for nutritional health in Eastern and Southern Africa (Phase II)

    Goal: To improve household food security of resource-poor groups in Eastern and Southern Africa by; 1) Safeguarding biodiversity of indigenous vegetables (IVs), 2) reducing malnutrition and poverty among small-scale farmers and consumers through promotion, production and consumption of IVs and 3) diversifying and stabilizing farmers’ income and nutritional health through higher quality seed and improved cultivation practices of IV crops Purpose: To enhance genetic resource base, technology dissemination and improved seed of IVs to safeguard biodiversity for better health, nutrition and improved income

  • Restoration of the soil fertility in the South and Centre of Benin

    The project aims at building up a laboratory and training of students with regard to soil fertility. More specifically it deals with the increase in soil fertility via cultivation of trees and herbaceous legumes with the capacity to fix atmospheric nitrogen. The ultimate aim is the improvement of the revenues of the local farming community.

  • RIVERTWIN - A regional model for integrated water management in twinned river basins

    The 'RIVERTWIN' project aims to support the goals of the Global Water Initiative by adjusting, testing and implementing an integrated regional model for the strategic planning of water resources management in twinned river basins. The regional model will assist planning authorities and decision makers to assess the impacts of economic and technological development, and the effects of global climate and land use changes on the long-term availability and quality of water bodies. The model is based on a Geographic Information System, which integrates ecological (water availability and quality) and economic aspects (water demand and water use) of water management in user-friendly software.

  • Rural Universe Network

    ICT for rural development

  • SFB 308 Standortgerechte Landwirtschaft in West Afrika

    With the completion of the Special Research Program 308 on Adapted Farming in West Africa the time has come to sum up the experiences of 15 years of agricultural research. This research program, carried out by scientists from the University of Hohenheim, played a particular role in the context of agricultural research systems in West Africa. With a funding provided upon review of results and application over five phases of three years each, short-term research plans had to be drawn up with a long term perspective. Inter-institutional collaboration with international as well as national partners required fine tuning and an accommodation of plans to fit and complement existing efforts and priorities of the existing research institutions. Interdisciplinary approaches generated synergy effects.

  • The influence of land use on the dynamics of native soil nitrogen at watershed scale in West Africa

    Quantify seasonal dynamics of N along transects in an model inland valley and nitrate dynamics during the dry-to-wet transition season in 27 valleys of major categories of West Africa. Establish interactions between slope characteristics and N dynamics at different scales. Determine the effect of agricultural land use on the N balance of valley segments and the whole watershed Develop a simple tool, predicting N fluxes and crop N use in a watershed as a function of land use. Extrapolate at sub-regional scale the extent of N dynamics and the potential impact of available land use management strategies .

  • Towards the development of sustainable control options for the African root and tuber scale on cassava in Central Africa – understanding the ecology of the associated ant Anoplolepis tenella

    Anoplolepis tenella is a ground-dwelling ant species with widespread distribution in Central Africa. It is associated to the African root and tuber scale (ARTS) Stictococcus vayssierei Richard. A major effort is presently underway to identify and characterize biotic, agronomic, and environmental factors that affect ARTS abundance, and to develop sustainable practices for its management on cassava and other affected food crops. One of the key questions that must be addressed is the nature of the interactions between the ant A. tenella and ARTS, and the conditions that promote the abundance of A. tenella, which is the key factor contributing to the proliferation of ARTS in Central Africa.