News from CORAF

CORAF Trains NARI Experts on Impact Evaluation Best Practices

About thirty socio-economists from the National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) of fifteen countries are meeting in the Senegalese resort of Saly to upgrade their skills in impact evaluation.

Initiated by CORAF, the training workshop lasting five days will allow participants to better understand the criticality of impact evaluation and familiarize themselves with modern tools to conduct better impact evaluations of development projects, including those implemented by CORAF.

First West African Agriculture Technology Park Opens Doors to Public

Businesses, policymakers, farmers, researchers, and several other food system actors will get a chance to view proven and cutting-edge innovations during the first-ever open door day organized by the iREACH agriculture technology park located in Bambey, 130 kilometers (70 miles) west of the Senegalese capital, Dakar. About 120 participants are expected at the October 6, 2021 event.

CORAF & EU to Donate Equipment to INERA

  • CORAF and the European Union (EU) will, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, donate cars, laboratory, and computer equipment to the Environment and Agricultural Research Institute (INERA) at a ceremony to hold in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • The equipment is delivered under the West Africa Breeding networks and Extension Empowerment project (ABEE), a five-year plant-breeding program funded by the EU to strengthen the resilience of rural communities in the Sahel to climate change.

CORAF Appoints Dr. Emmanuel Njukwe as Director of Research and Innovation

CORAF is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emmanuel Kouopkwa Njukwe as Director of Research and Innovation, effective October 1, 2021. 

Dr. Njukwe, a national from Cameroon, brings over two decades of experience in research and development with a focus on scaling out innovations to small-holder farmers.

Dr. Njukwe was, until his nomination working as country representative of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Burundi. A position he has held since 2018.

Leveraging Digital Tools to Boost Productivity

About fifty actors from the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) and the private agricultural sector met virtually today to discuss the opportunities digital tools offer when it comes to scaling-up technologies.

At the initiative of CORAF, the half-day information workshop provided a platform for NARS actors to become aware of the potential that digital tools have to highlight the results of their research.

AATF Pays Tribute to Its Departing Director

  • After close to ten years, the Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr. Denis Tumwesigye Kyetere, takes a deserved retirement.
  • Dr. Canisius Kanangire, previously of theAfrican Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), takes over as the Executive Director of AATF.
  • Founded in 2003, ATTF primarily works to provide farmers in Sub Sahara Africa with practical technology solutions capable of addressing their farm productivity constraints and improving their livelihoods.

AATF Pays Tribute to Its Departing Director and Welcomes Dr. Canisius Kanangire

  • After close to ten years, the Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr. Denis Tumwesigye Kyetere, takes a deserved retirement.
  • Dr. Canisius Kanangire, previously of theAfrican Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), takes over as the Executive Director of AATF.
  • Founded in 2003, ATTF primarily works to provide farmers in Sub Sahara Africa with practical technology solutions capable of addressing their farm productivity constraints and improving their livelihoods.

Ten New Seed Varieties to Boost Productivity in Niger

New seed varieties have been homologated and registered in the national catalog of plant species and varieties in Niger.

The approval and registration of the ten varieties of rice, sorghum, and peanut were endorsed by a Ministerial in early June 2021.

“These findings are the result of Nigerien researchers working towards finding adequate solutions to the challenges of Nigerian agriculture,” according to Dr. Garba Yahaya, Director General of Agriculture of Niger.

Africa’s R&D Losses an Illustrious Scientists, Prof. Claude Adandedjan

One of Africa’s prominent scientists has died. Prof. Claude Adandedjan of Benin passed away on August 20, 2021, in his native Benin from the COVID-19 virus. 

Prof. Adandedjan, who earned a Ph.D. from the College of Agriculture and Forestry at West Virginia University in the US in 1985, served his country and continent in multiple capacities. In his close to 30 years career in Benin’s foremost public university (Abomey Calavi), he rose from research assistant, lecturer to Dean of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences in 1997 – a position he held until 2001.

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