Agricultural research in WCA: The Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Senegal commends CORAF/WECARD for its leadership in harnessing partnerships

Agricultural research in WCA: The Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Senegal commends CORAF/WECARD for its leadership in harnessing partnerships

The Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Senegal, Dr. Aline KOALA, has commended the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) for contributing to the region’s quest for agriculture-led economic growth in meeting the demand for technology, innovation, and policy options. Dr Aline KOALA also pleaded for “open availability and access” of research output and scientific knowledge to the public for effective agricultural transformation in the region.

The Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Senegal, made the statement on 29 November 2016 during her visit at the Executive Secretariat of CORAF/WECARD in Dakar.

Welcoming the Ambassador, the Executive Director of CORAF/WECARD, Dr Abdou TENKOUANO highlighted the value proposition of CORAF/WECARD as the leading facilitator of partnerships for agricultural research and development in West & Central Africa. He highlighted the organization’s efforts to address food insecurity, malnutrition, support youth and women employment, and improvement of resilience for small holder farmers in Burkina Faso and in the region.

Promoting diet diversification with increased vegetable production, simple techniques for postharvest handling of vegetables and mango, increasing certified seed production through facilitated access to credit for 2000 seed producers with over CFA 2 billion raised, were some of the highlighted actions. The contribution of Burkina Faso to the efforts of raising 130 Tons of foundation seeds to assist with post-Ebola agricultural recovery of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was also acknowledged.

The Ambassador commended CORAF/WECARD for these achievements.  “I am really impressed by CORAF’s effort in creating synergies in research to improve agricultural productivity and the livelihood of farmers and population in terms of nutrition and towards the achievement of food security” said Dr Aline KOALA.

The Ambassador invited CORAF/WECARD to participate in the next monthly meeting of the ECOWAS Ambassadors’ group. “We, ambassadors are the relay of our citizens and when we are informed of such commendable initiatives as those of CORAF/ WECARD we do not hesitate to share information with our governments and the population”.

“This visit, which is the first of an Ambassador to the Executive Secretariat of CORAF / WECARD, is an initiative to salute and perpetuate. It has allowed us to make our institution better known and to show the diplomatic dimension of research and development as an instrument of regional cooperation and integration, “said Dr Abdou TENKOUANO, the Executive Director of CORAF/WECARD.