News from CORAF

Inception of New Data-Driven Program to Promote Food Systems Transformation

  • CORAF and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched the fifth phase of the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) program;
  • Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the fifth iteration of the program will provide actionable data on agricultural research and development in the twenty-three (23) countries in West and Central Africa (WCA), covered by CORAF;

CORAF Points Out Champions to Echo IPs at Grassroots Level in North Benin

CORAF has pointed out twenty-one (21) champions who are now entrusted with the essential mission of setting up innovation platforms (IPs) and making them levers for the adoption of technologies and innovations in northern Benin, and even beyond.

These actors are in the milk, corn, mango, onion, potato, soybean and meat sectors.

Dr. Illiassou Maïga Appointed Director General of INRAN

Since March 17, 2022, Dr. Illiassou Mossi Maïga has become the new Director General of the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Niger (INRAN). 

He previously was the Deputy Director General of INRAN. He replaces Dr. Mella Mamane who was appointed on June 8, 2017 and spent nearly five (05) years in the Institute’s Direction.

TARSPro to Help Set Up Innovation Platforms in Seven Sectors in Benin

Thanks to a training workshop organized by CORAF as part of the Agricultural Technologies and Innovations Scaling Project for Increasing the Resilience of Production Systems and Family Farms in West and Central Africa (TARSPro), Actors operating in seven agricultural sectors in North Benin will benefit from Innovation Platforms (IPs), which will consequently facilitate their adoption of technologies and innovations.

“Collecting good and quality data is vital to assess the impact of a project”

At the initiative of CORAF and within the framework of the Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development in West Africa (PAIRED) program, some twenty monitoring and evaluation specialists are meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, from May 9 to 11, 2022, for a training session on data collection tools for the assessment of the impact of the program in the field.

CORAF, ICRISAT Partner to Improve People’s Well-Being in West and Central Africa

CORAF and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that enables them to pool efforts to fight poverty and improve the well-being of populations in West and Central Africa, more specifically in semi-arid areas.

The signing took place at the end of March 2022 at ICRISAT’s headquarters in Hyderabad, India, between the Executive Director of CORAF, Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, and the Director General of ICRISAT, Dr. Jaqueline Hughes.

Road to CORAF’s GA14: Private Sector Investor Mobilization, Technologies and Innovations Scaling up

It was at the end of CORAF’s 13th General Assembly, held in January 2022 in N’Djamena, Chad, that it was decided that the next iteration of the important gathering would be held in Benin, in April 2024.

Things are beginning to take shape in this dynamic, after a recent working visit to Benin by the Executive Director of CORAF, Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, where he met with some of the country’s authorities.

CORAF Launches a Regional Network of Women Seed Entrepreneurs

  • The regional network of women seed entrepreneurs aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship in the seed sector;
  • It will help women in the sector to build strategic partnerships, make their voices heard and lobby;
  • An ad hoc provisional committee has been set up and entrusted to finalize the steps to formalize the establishment of the regional network.

Benin: TARSPro to Spur Technologies Adoption With Innovation Platforms

  • An agricultural technologies and innovations scaling project will enable 35 Beninese stakeholders to establish innovation platforms.
  • The innovation platforms will help accelerate mass adoption of technologies and innovations capable of transforming Benin agriculture by increasing among other factors, the country’s agricultural productivity.
  • Milk, maize, mango, onion, potato, soybean and meat are the seven sectors concerned by the innovation platforms establishment initiative, in Benin.