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Special Issue "Social and Environmental Trade-Offs in African Agriculture: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2023) | Viewed by 31788
Special Issue Editor
Interests: land and food policies; land governance; food security; agrarian change; resilient agriculture; sustainable livelihood; vulnerability
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Special Issue Information
Increasing agricultural production to meet the rapidly growing demand for food—which is predicted to rise in sub-Saharan Africa by 150% by 2050—while safeguarding vital ecosystem services and promoting social equality lies at the heart of sustainable development. The Sentinel project (Social and Environmental Trade-Offs in African Agriculture), funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Global Challenges Research Fund, was launched in October 2017 and completed in March 2022.
Over these four years, Sentinel addressed the challenge of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (zero hunger), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), and SDG 15 (ecosystem conservation) in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on three countries—Ethiopia, Ghana, and Zambia. The collaborative project brought together African partners (the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), the University of Ghana, Copperbelt University in Zambia, and the Policy Studies Institute, Ethiopia) and UK partners (the University of Reading, the University of Oxford, University College London, The Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich, Imperial College London, and the International Institute for Environment and Development).
The Sentinel project’s purpose was to strengthen the knowledge, relationships, and research capacity of researchers in the UK and in the focus countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, and Zambia) while working with a wider network of stakeholders and universities across Africa and the UK. The project aimed to have key government and private sector actors adjust their policies, strategies, and investments to take greater account of the impacts, risks, and trade-offs within and between the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of different agricultural development pathways and for civil society organisations to have a greater role in shaping the national discourse on agricultural development. The results of this project will contribute to balancing the emphasis on the proper involvement of government and private sector actors, natural resource management, and advancing stakeholder preparedness to take well-informed action.
This Special Issue is focused on research outputs from Sentinel partners and PhD students whose research was supported by the project and who worked in different countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prof. Dr. Hossein Azadi
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