WP4 - Exploitation of diversity in crop management
WP4 objective is to design, develop and test innovative arable and vegetable cropping systems based on a high level of agrobiodiversity (diversification in crop species, management and habitat, coupled with use and development of genetically diverse germplasm). Activities will be deployed across a range of different pedo-climatic conditions in Europe (Atlantic, Continental, Mediterranean) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Sudano-Sahelian, semi-arid highlands). Innovative cropping systems will be designed taking into account the priorities set forth in WP1 for different crop typologies in different environments by the stakeholders group. The degree of diversification and typology of interventions will obviously differ from place to place depending on the prioritisation of crop features as well as on local opportunities and constraints (e.g. pedo-climatic conditions, availability of germplasm, machinery and other technical means, farmers skills and attitude towards innovation).