COINS

Co-developing innovations for sustainable land management in West African smallholder farming systems

The goal of COINS is the sustainable intensification of agriculture, i.e. increasing productivity without converting additional land. The German-African project team is investigating which efficient forms of land management are effective in intensifying agriculture on the same area in a sustainable manner – taking into account local conditions such as water availability and soil properties, but also socio-economic conditions in particular.

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Project leader

Dr. Frank Thonfeld

DLR - German Aerospace Center

In COINS, the relevant options are catalogued and assessed for their suitability in local contexts in study areas in northern Ghana and the Senegal River Valley in northern Senegal. In COINS, a landscape-based approach with modelling, earth observation, and data science is being pursued. This will promote improved cropping practices and management practices of sustainable intensification on productive land and soil rehabilitation practices on degraded land.

The operationalisation of support mechanisms, including comprehensive risk management strategies and an incentive and monitoring program, will set the stage for sustainable land management. Great importance is also attached to the development of a range of advisory services for farmers to implement sustainable intensification, thus supporting the achievement of the goals defined by the stakeholders.

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Blog #2 - Highlights from 2023 and Planned Activities for 2024

Our bi-monthly blog is intended for project staff as well as interested stakeholders from science, policy and practice, to share experiences and mutually learn. It is an opportunity to showcase the multi-faceted nature in which we improve livelihoods and sustainable land management through local research.  

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Farmer Mahama Yakubu shares his experience practicing ISFM in the Tolon District, Ghana

Visual Report and Documentary of INTERFACES: COINS & DecLaRe Workshop Tolon District Field Visit in Tamale, Ghana organized and facilitated by INTERFACES Implementers: FARA, WASCAL, UBIDS, ZEF, IDOS & INRES

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Impression Video First Status Seminar

The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) funds transdisciplinary research on sustainable land management in order to improve livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Keynote with Johns Kharika (UNCCD)

This video was taken during the first Status Seminar held in hybrid form (first day only) and online 26-28 April 2023 at IDOS in Bonn.

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Impression Video Tropentag 2023

The BMBF funded programme INTERFACES and the four regional projects, COINS, DecLaRe, InfoRange and Minodu came together at the Tropentag Conference from the 20th to 22nd of September in Berlin. Highlight was the pre-conference workshop organised by INTERFACES.

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Project Team

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Adiku, Prof. Dr. Samuel

University of Ghana

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Akoba, Léonard Dakpo

WASCAL

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Ampomah, Gifty

UNU INRA - United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa

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Ciss, Paul Ndiaga

IPAR - Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale

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Codjia, Audrey Kantz Dossou

WASCAL

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Dedring, Niels

Ruhr-Bochum University

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Denton, Prof. Dr. Fatima

UNU INRA - United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa

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Diallo, Dr. Belko Abdoul Aziz

WASCAL

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Diancoumba, Dr. Madina

ZALF - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

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Freduah, Bright Salah

University of Ghana

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Gaiser, Dr. Thomas

University Bonn - Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES)

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Graw, Dr. Valerie

Ruhr-Bochum University

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Hackman, Dr. Kwame Oppong

WASCAL

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Heiß, Niklas

DLR - German Aerospace Center

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MacCarthy, Prof. Dr. Dilys

University of Ghana

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Meier, Dr. Jonas

DLR - German Aerospace Center

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Miranda, Dr. Javier

University Bonn – Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR)

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Ndah, Dr. Hycenth Tim

University of Hohenheim

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Nghotchouang, Celeste Tchapmi Nono

Manobi Africa

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Nguyen, Dr. Thuy Huu

University Bonn - Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES)

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Rienow, Junior Prof. Dr. Andreas

Ruhr-Bochum University

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Rousseau, Emil

IPAR - Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale

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Sanou, Dr. Charles Lamoussa

WASCAL

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Schuler, Dr. Johannes

ZALF - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

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Srivastava, Dr. Amit Kumar

University Bonn - Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES)

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Steinbach, Stefanie

Ruhr-Bochum University

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Tall, Dr. Laure

IPAR - Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale

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Thonfeld, Dr. Frank

DLR - German Aerospace Center

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Tounkara, Dr. Sidy

IPAR - Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale

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Wang, Dr. Chenzhi

ZALF - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

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Webber , Prof. Dr. Heidi

ZALF - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

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Yehouenou, Narcisse

WASCAL

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