Cultivated biodiversity
and soil conservation


Cereal-legumes intercropping is an old agricultural practice in many countries. It is also a promising agro-ecological practice, which enable the development of better cropping systems and preservation of soil’s productivity by limiting inputs. The Oracle project (optimization of cereal and legumes rotations and associations), led by Cirad with co-financing from Fondation Avril, seeks to better understand the interactions between cultivated plants and soil microorganisms, in order to improve the resilience and productivity of agricultural systems.

In Northern Burkina Faso, the teams are studying the interactions of soil microorganisms linked to the sorghum-cowpea association, while in Western Senegal, they are working on the millet/peanut rotation.


CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is an organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.



The R-Stepps project, led by a team from College de France and supported by Fondation Avril, aims to automate tree planting in dry lands, thanks to a coordinated fleet of small rustic robots with complementary features.

Agrisud International

Thanks to Fondation Avril and a public call for generosity on the crowdfunding platform MiiMOSA, Agrisud International updated the guide « Agroecology into practice », launched by the OGN in 2010.


Fondation Avril has been supporting GRET since 2017, which supports the Centre Technique Agroécologique du Sud (CTAS) in the great south of Madagascar, in restoring the fertility of soils that have been severely degraded or even barren due to erosion and climate change.


Facing the decline in fishing and tourism on the Senegalese Coast, Fondation Avril decided in 2016 to help the association AJP (Action Justice et Paix) through its support of an EIG (Economic Interest Group) of producers in Nianing.