Hanne Schmidt-Przebierala
Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture

Bundesallee 65
38116 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 596 2601
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 (c) Thünen-Institut/Veronika Jorch

Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations

The project SEACRIFOG designs an adaptive concept for a pan-African observational system on radiative forcing, building at the same time a network of African and European research infrastructures.

Background and Objective

African societies face growing global change risks, with rapidly changing patterns of human settlements and intensity of use
of ecosystem services. At the same time, climate variability and climate change trends are intensifying stress on the
ecosystems that ensure environmental security, both locally (e.g. ecosystem services), regionally (e.g. sustainable
development options) and internationally (e.g. carbon sequestration). Approaches that can address this challenge in an
integrated and multidisciplinary way are urgently needed in many places in Africa where there is a close relationship
between societal well-being and environmental condition, relating particularly to biomass for energy and food production,
and hydrological considerations such as water yields.
Policymakers and land-use decision makers are increasingly dependent on knowledge on the state of the environment.
Long-term observational systems and research infrastructures have been identified to be indispensable elements of
knowledge generation to serve climate change adaptation, food security, and climate change mitigation.
This proposal supports EU-African cooperation on research infrastructures. Its aims are to increase coherence and
interoperability between infrastructures in Europe and Africa, to enhance technical competence, science awareness and lifelong
learning in Africa in order to facilitate the use of research results for evidence-based policy making, and to identify
knowledge gaps for future research directions. The project will

  1. identify the essential parameters needed to develop science based strategies to improve food and nutrition security including early warning systems and to mitigate climate change,
  2. formulate a roadmap towards fully interoperable and accessible research infrastructures in agricultural and climate research in the EU and Africa that match the needs of the users, and
  3. deliver a contribution to capacity building and human capital development in Africa.

Simplified overview of the SEACRIFOG project structure, central aims and the main role of the individual work packages.


SEACRIFOG is a joint research project with 10 European and 6 African partner institutions. The Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture takes the overall coordination of the project.

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Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • European Union (EU)
    (international, öffentlich)


3.2017 - 2.2020

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Projekt type:
Project funding number: 730995
Funding program: EU - Horizon 2020 - Reinforcing European policy for research infrastructures
Project status: ongoing


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  1. Lopez-Ballesteros A, Beck J, Bombelli A, Grieco E, Lorencova EK, Merbold L, Brümmer C, Hugo W, Scholes R, Vackar D, Vermeulen A, Acosta M, Butterbach-Bahl K, Helmschrot J, Kim D-G, Jones M, Jorch V, Pavelka M, Skjelvan I, Saunders M (2018) Towards a feasible and representative pan-African research infrastructure network for GHG observations. Environ Res Lett 13:085003, DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aad66c
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