ONE HEALTH APPROACHES TO SUPPORT AGROECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION OF PERI-URBAN FARMING

STUDY LINKS BETWEEN FARMING PRACTICES, ANIMAL, HUMAN & ECOSYSTEM HEALTH

URBANE will explore the links between farming practices and health as it applies a One Health approach for tackling issues related to the application & intensification of peri-urban agriculture and the health of animals, humans and the ecosystem as a whole. URBANE supports that other than sustainability, applied agroecology allows achievement of better health of humans, animals and the ecosystem in general by promoting improvements in their physical and psycho-emotional states.

PROMOTION OF AGROECOLOGICAL FARMING PRACTICES

Through sustainable agroecological practices in the peri-urban environment, URBANE aims to make cities more sustainable and inclusive, while boosting the productivity of small-scale food producers located in the peri-urban environment. The project promotes agroecology by building on local knowledge with the support of new technologies and application of the best practices applied in European regions where agroecology is already applied in intensified, market-oriented production fields.

DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES AND THE URBANE DSS

Use of the URBANE novel tools and the engagement of local knowledge will be used as drivers to support decision making and achieve a high impact. URBANE is designed to build on local knowledge, supported by new technologies and best practices applied in European regions where agroecology is already applied in intensified, market-oriented production fields. The URBANE DSS will be delivered in two versions: a) for farmers in the form of a friendly application and b) for authorities providing information on the potential dangers and the environmental and crop yield impact of the application of agroecological farming practices.

TRAINING AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

Formulation of policy recommendations resulting from the URBANE approach implementation and the project’s results will allow expanding the reach of the approach and positively influence and support of its broader adoption. Policy recommendations will be made for supporting the adoption of the URBANE approach, towards meeting the SDGs, Green Deal and Africa-EU Partnership goals.

Case Studies

In URBANE we design real-world case studies that cover different agroecological zones focused on Western Africa.

Nigeria
The study will take place in the Tropical Savanna and Forest Agroecological Zones of western Nigeria, essentially in peri-urban towns surrounding Lagos Metropolis. The peri-urban areas that surround Lagos support huge volumes of agricultural activities that target Lagos as their main market.
Morocco
Morocco strives to create the bases of modern agriculture through national strategies. Initiatives to promote agroecological agriculture are emerging close to the main Moroccan metropolises. Initially individual and inspired by practices from the North, these initiatives attempt to structure themselves thanks to growing customer demand, without real support from the authorities.
Senegal
The study will be located in the peri urban area zone of St Louis. A town located in the north of Senegal, at the border with Mauritania, near the Senegal river. The goal is to transform a complex difficult environment into a positive one, following a one health approach, restoring biodiversity & combating poverty.
Ghana
Study sites will be located in coastal savannah and forest agro-ecozones within the Greater Accra region and Eastern region of Ghana. In each of these ecozones, we will focus on selected communities where intensive and extensive pig farming occur within peri-urban centres.
Benin
The case study will be located in a peri-urban zone close to the largest agglomeration of Cotonou.
Burkina Faso
This study will be developed in the peri-urban centres of the Hauts Bassins and Centre regions. These densely populated cities expose the population to health problems related to the use of pesticides

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EU CONTRIBUTION

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Meet the Consortium

URBANE is set up by the following partners working together for achieving its goals and meeting the objectives.

Results

Find all our published and publicly available work that form part of our project results.

Applications of Probiotic-Based Multi-Components to Human, Animal and Ecosystem Health: Concepts, Methodologies, and Action Mechanisms

Microorganisms 2022 24 August  2022 https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms10091700


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Nature-Based One Health Approaches to Urban Agriculture Can Deliver Food and Nutrition Security

Frontiers in Nutrition, 11 March 2022 Sec. Nutrition and Sustainable Diets https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2022.773746Front


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    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101059232.