The Mecawat Project

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve farming techniques, Ivoire Coton is participating in a new 24-month project called Projet Mecawat (Mechanisation and Work in Agroecological Transitions). Launched in April 2023, the initiative is a partnership with CIRAD, CNRA, FERT, and UFACOCI aimed at developing agroecological systems through innovative mechanisation options.
The primary goal of Projet Mecawat is to contribute to the development of agroecological farming systems by addressing technical constraints, improving productivity, and reducing labour burdens.
The project is structured around several key areas:
  1. Implementing experimental systems to develop and evaluate innovative cultivation methods based on ecological intensification principles like biomass restitution, rotations, associations, and reduced/no-tillage practices.
  2. Developing new equipment tailored for agroecological practices, such as strip-till machines, precision fertiliser applicators, and specialised seeders.
  3. Establishing plant collections, particularly legumes, for grain production as well as biomass for forage or soil fertility purposes.
  4. Supporting the implementation of innovative farming systems and innovation dynamics at the pilot regional scale.
On-the-ground activities are taking place at two sites within Ivoire Coton’s M’Bengué Regional Directorate – one in the farming village of Kachofa and the other at an Observation Post research station.
Through efforts like Projet Mecawat, Ivoire Coton aims to pioneer agroecological transition pathways that can enhance productivity and sustainability for cotton growers. Developing and disseminating appropriately mechanised practices is a critical enabler for wider adoption of techniques that leverage ecological processes.
By M. SOLAMA Ibrahima
Regional Director MBENGUE

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