West African smallholder farmers command vast land and other resources. They are dynamic and innovative and could, if given opportunity, easily and sustainably double or treble their production.
The Convergence of Sciences programme wants to improve the livelihoods of these farmers by exploring new pathways for agricultural innovation. It tries to ensure that agricultural research is designed to experiment with specific opportunities, conditions that suit the needs of these farmers. The programme tries to achieve convergence between farmers and scientists and between natural and social scientists.