Modelling policy impact at farm household/regional level in African agro-ecosystems (FSSIM-DEV)
To improve knowledge on the impact of agri-food and rural policies on the livelihood of farm-households in Africa; to contribute to improve food security and rural poverty alleviation in selected African countries/regions.
The main purpose of this study is to develop a generic bio-economic farm model that enables to assess ex-ante impact of agricultural policies and technological innovations on farms' economic and social sustainability in Africa.
The aim is to further develop an already existing model, Farm System Simulator (FSSIM), that has been developed in the framework of SEAMLESS project and applied to several EU countries. Due to its generic feature FSSIM is easily adaptable to other developed and developing countries, regions, climate, soil type and farm types. In the current project this model is being adapted to major farming systems in sub-tropical ecological zone in Western Africa.
The ultimate goal is to use FSSIM-DEV for future policy impact analyses in order to contribute to better understanding of its effects on farm household performances in Africa.
SEAMLESS Association: http://www.seamlessassociation.org/
Kamel Louhichi, Sergio Gomez y Paloma