Project Profile: FICESSA

Food Security Impacts of Industrial Crop Expansion in Sub-Sahara Africa


Principal Investigators: Alexandros Gasparatos, University of Tokyo, Japan
Partners: Anna Locke, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom
Kathy Willis, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew (RBGK), United Kingdom
Graham Von Maltitz, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
Kazuhiko Takeuchi, United Nations University (UNU), Japan
Sponsors: National Research Foundation, South Africa
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, United Kingdom
Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom


Full Project Title: Food Security Impacts of Industrial Crop Expansion in Sub-Sahara Africa
Full Call Title: Food2013


Project Objective: FICESSA aims to provide clear empirical evidence of how industrial crops compete for land with food crops in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the mechanisms through which this competition can affect food security, whether in a positive or a negative manner.
Call Objective: This call was designed to increase understanding of the dynamic spatial scale interactions between food security and land use. The focus was on the following topics:

- Land use change impacts on food systems
- Food systems dynamics as driver of land use changes
- Feedback loop interactions between land use change and food security dynamics


Regions: Africa
Countries: Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Swaziland


Call Date: 2013
Project Award Date: 2013