News from CORAF

18th Session of CORAF STC Held in Dakar

From 02 to 03 November 2022, CORAF Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) held its 18th session at the Executive Secretariat in Dakar, Senegal.

As usual, the overall objective of the meeting was to assess progress made in the implementation of the annual work plan implemented during the current year —2022, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors (BoD) in terms of improving the scientific and technical quality of CORAF research and development activities.

Dr. Tenkouano Meets with ECOWAS Head of Division for Scientific Research and Innovation to Discuss Future FARI Organization

CORAF Executive Director, Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, recently had an exchange meeting with the Head of Division for Scientific Research and Innovation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Dr. Ronald Kouakou, in Abuja (Nigeria).

The meeting took place on 28 October, 2022, one week after the first Africa Research and Innovation Forum (FARI), organized by the ECOWAS Commission, from 17 to 21 October 2022 in the Nigerian capital.

The central focus of discussions between the two personalities was the organization of the next FARI.

Dr. Blessed Okole Appointed Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Cameroon

By virtue of a Presidential Decree signed on 25 October 2022, Dr. Blessed Okole has been appointed Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Cameroon. 

Indeed, the Decree No. 2022/477 of 25 October 2022 appoints five new Special Advisors at the General Secretariat of the Services of the Prime Minister, including Dr. Blessed Okole.

Dr. Okole is member of CORAF Board of Directors (BoD). He chairs the Audit and Finance Committee.

CORAF Executive Director Received in Audience by H.E. The Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture of ECOWAS

On October 26, 2022, CORAF Executive Director, Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, was received in audience by Her Excellency, Mrs Massandje Toure-Litse, the Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). 

On the agenda, a courtesy visit that allowed CORAF Executive Director to introduce CORAF and it’s Strategic plan, as well as the historical partnership with ECOWAS.

CORAF, Partners Meet to Readjust ABEE Project Interventions

CORAF and its implementing partners of the West Africa Breeding networks and Extension Empowerment project (ABEE) held in Dakar, Senegal, from 21 to 23 November 2022, their annual meeting. 

The main objective of the annual workshop is to allow the partners to take stock of the progress and results and to define the perspectives for the implementation of the project.

Highlights of ABEE Project Performance for 2020 – 2022

Since October 2019, CORAF is implementing the West Africa Breeding networks and Extension Empowerment project (ABEE) in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal. 

In spite of several challenges —including the COVID-19 pandemic— that have somewhat hampered the project’s progress, it has nevertheless achieved notable results over the 2020-2022 period.

Making BIORISKS Project Ph.D Students, Good Leaders

About twenty Ph.D students, recruited under the project ‘‘Anticipating and managing biological risks to strengthen farmers’ resilience to climate change in West and Central Africa’ (BIORISKS), have just completed a training aiming at developing their leadership. 

The initiative is led by CORAF, which implements BIORISKS in collaboration with the Wave program.

CORAF Executive Director Received in Audience by H.E. Massandje Toure-Litse of ECOWAS

On October 26, 2022, CORAF Executive Director, Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, was received in audience by Her Excellency, Mrs Massandje Toure-Litse, the Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). 

On the agenda, a courtesy visit that allowed CORAF Executive Director to introduce CORAF and it’s Strategic plan, as well as the historical partnership with ECOWAS.

“It is Necessary to Change the Narrative and Duly Include Smallholders in the Private Sector,” Mamadou Cissokho, ROPPA Honorary President

The Honorary President of the Network of West Africa Farmers’ Organizations (ROPPA), Mr. Mamadou Cissokho, called on researchers to adopt a more rewarding approach and to better consider smallholders as genuine actors of the agricultural private sector, in the programs.

This was during a dialogue between researchers and technology and innovation (T&I) end-users, for the expression of needs in T&I and the compilation of emerging research needs, organized by CORAF on October 31, 2022. 

Technology parks to accelerate scale-up of agricultural technologies and innovations

Through the Technology Scaling and Innovation for Resilience of Production Systems and Family Farms in West and Central Africa (TARSPro) and the iREACH project (Innovation Research, Extension and Advisory Coordination Hub) CORAF supports the establishment of agricultural technology parks in several countries.

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