CIRAWA project coordinator pays working visit to Maio island, Cape Verde

Representatives of the CARTIF Technology Centre (Spain), the coordinating body of the CIRAWA Project, paid a working visit to the island of Maio on 4-5 March. This was an opportunity for the CARTIF representatives to get to know the local reality and the work being carried out on the island. 

Meetings were held with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, the Maio Biodiversity Foundation and the Maio Town Council, represented by Mayor Miguel Rosa and Environment Councillor Emílio Ramos. Visits were also made to local farmers taking part in the actions to be carried out by the CIRAWA project on the island of Maio. 

In the coming months, an experimental field will be set up where agroecological techniques will be tested, and training in agroecology will be provided for farmers. 

CIRAWA Project partners take part in field visit on the island of Maio. Source: ADPM

The four-and-a-half-year CIRAWA Project, which is funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe programme, aims to increase climate resilience and agricultural productivity at local and community level, guaranteeing the viability of small farms. It also seeks to protect the environment in West Africa through agroecological solutions while also contributing to improving the resilience of food supply chains in eight regions of Cape Verde, Ghana, Senegal and The Gambia.   

The project is coordinated by the CARTIF Technology Centre (Spain) and brings together a total of 14 partners from 9 European and African countries.  

In Cape Verde, the project is taking place on the islands of Santo Antão and Maio and is regionally coordinated by ADPM Mértola in partnership with the Cape Verde Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, the Casa do Meio Young Farmers’ Association and the Planalto Leste Women’s Association.

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