SSSA, thanks to relevant European projects, has contributed to the improvement of wheat and barley varieties in Ethiopia and subsistence agriculture in Malawi and Mozambique. In addition, projects on legume cultivation in Mediterranean Africa, varietal development in the Horn of Africa have made it possible to characterize over 12,000 cereal genotypes, from which new more resilient and productive varieties are developed and distributed.

More than 1,200 subsistence farmers in Ethiopia have been reached by new varieties developed under SSSA projects. This line of action also includes the projects that SSSA is carrying out with the funding of Italian companies for the definition of climate change adaptation strategies in Ghana, including the socio-environmental costs of inaction.

A project is dedicated to the promotion of the use of geothermal energy by rural communities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Djibouti, with the support of the European Union. SSSA is also carrying out research on the need for a human rights-based and conflict-sensitive approach to climate change and climate action in Africa.


Caproni, L., Lakew, B. F., Kassaw S. A., Miculan, M. , Ahmed, J. S., Grazioli, S., Kidane, Y. G., Fadda, C., Pè, M. E., Dell’acqua, M.
The genomic and bioclimatic characterization of Ethiopian barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) unveils challenges and opportunities to adapt to a changing climate
(2023) | Ethiopia

Coronese, M., Occelli, M., Lamperti, F., Roventini, A
AgriLOVE: agriculture, land-use and technical change in an evolutionary, agent-based model

Mburu, S. W., Koskey, G., Njeru, E. M., Ombori, O., Maingi, J., & Kimiti, J. M.
Genetic and phenotypic diversity of microsymbionts nodulating promiscuous soybeans from different agro-climatic conditions
(2022) | Kenya

Palagi, E., Coronese, M., Lamperti, F., Roventini, A.
Climate change and the nonlinear impact of precipitation anomalies on income inequality

Woldeyohannes, A. B., Desta, E. A., Fadda, C., Pè, M. E., & Dell’acqua, M.
Value of teff (Eragrostis tef) genetic resources to support breeding for conventional and smallholder farming: a review
(2022) | Ethiopia

Woldeyohannes, A. B., Iohannes, S. D., Miculan, M., Caproni, L., Ahmed, J. S., de Sousa, K., Desta, E. A., Fadda, C., Pè, M. E., & Dell’acqua, M.
Data-driven, participatory characterization of farmer varieties discloses teff breeding potential under current and future climates
(2022) | Ethiopia

de Sousa, K., van Etten, J., Poland, J., Fadda, C., Jannink, J., Gebrehawaryat Kidane, Y., Lakew, B. F., Mengistu, D.K., Pè, M.E., Solberg, S. Ø., Dell’Acqua, M.
Data-driven decentralized breeding increases prediction accuracy in a challenging crop production environment
(2021) | Ethiopia

Gitonga, N. M., Koskey, G., Njeru, E. M., Maingi, J. M., & Cheruiyot, R.
Dual inoculation of soybean with Rhizophagus irregularis and commercial Bradyrhizobium japonicum increases nitrogen fixation and growth in organic and conventional soils
(2021) | Kenya

Koskey, G., Mburu, S. W., Awino, R., Njeru, E. M., & Maingi, J. M.
Potential Use of Beneficial Microorganisms for Soil Amelioration, Phytopathogen Biocontrol, and Sustainable Crop Production in Smallholder Agroecosystems
(2021) | Kenya

Mburu, S. W., Koskey, G., Njeru, E. M., & Maingi, J. M.
Revitalization of bacterial endophytes and rhizobacteria for nutrients bioavailability in degraded soils to promote crop production
(2021) | Kenya

Njeru, E. M., & Koskey, G.
Using beneficial microorganisms to promote sustainable crop production and resilience of smallholder agroecosystems to changing climate
(2021) | Kenya

Wolle, H. S., Barberi, P., & Carlesi, S.
Effect of homegarden and parkland agroforestry practices in ethiopia on selected soil properties
(2021) | Ethiopia

Mburu, S. W., Koskey, G., Njeru, E. M., Ombori, O., Maingi, J. M., & Kimiti, J. M.
Differential Response of Promiscuous Soybean to Local Diversity of Indigenous and Commercial Bradyrhizobium Inoculation Under Contrasting Agroclimatic Zones
(2020) | Kenya