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Forests and Ecological intensification of Agricultural Systems

January 2016 - January 2018

Project Summary

How to reduce the agriculture footprint on natural forests? Can agro-ecology be applied to agricultural production systems in forest landscapes and improve their performance and sustainability?

The FORECAST project will develop an online platform on agroecology in forest landscapes. Users will find educational resources, analytical and modelling tools and a database of case studies of forested social-ecological systems (SES) allowing comparative analysis of the impacts and performances of agricultural practices.


A comprehensive comparative analysis of agricultural production systems in forest landscapes will identify the most sustainable farming practices and help in the development of technical proposals to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture while improving its technical, economic and social performances. The FORECAST project aims at producing analytical tools and educational resources for a better understanding of agricultural systems in forest landscapes, through analysis, modelling and comparisons.


1) Design of educational digital resources

2) Design of multidisciplinary analysis tools and modelling systems of forested social-ecological systems (SES) (analysis of technical, economic, social and ecological performances), online database

3) Testing and validation of pedagogical resources and tools produced through case studies in 3 countries (Cameroon, Madagascar, Nicaragua). 

Results, impact of the project

An online platform on agro-ecology in forest landscapes offering free access to:

  • New educational resources;
  • Analytical and modelling tool to assess the technical, economic, social and ecological performances of agricultural practices and forested SES;
  • A case study database of forested SES.


Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD, UR Forêts et Sociétés, UMR Innovation, UMR System) - France

Source of funding : Agropolis Fondation / « Investissements d’avenir » programme
Programme and Contact references : Laurène FEINTRENIE, Chercheur CIRAD, laurene.feintrenie@cirad.fr Eric PENOT, Chercheur CIRAD, eric.penot@cirad.fr Philippe Le Grusse, Enseignant-Chercheur CIHEAM-IAMM, legrusse@iamm.fr
Total budget : 200 000,00 €
Partners :
  • Montpellier Sup Agro (MSA, UMR Innovation) - France
  • Université Liège-Gembloux (groupe Gestion des ressources forestières) - Belgium
  • Université de Wageningen University (Farming systems ecology group) - Netherlands
  • École Régionale post-universitaire d’Aménagement et de gestion Intégrée des Forêts et Territoires tropicaux (ERAIFT) - Congo (Republic)
  • Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE, programmes IDEA et PAAS) - Costa Rica
  • Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques d’Antanarivo (ESSA) - Madagascar
  • Centre Technique Horticole de Tamatave (CTHT, équipe Hortsys) - Madagascar