While Commending CORAF, UEMOA Reaffirms Support to Agriculture Sector

The Commissioner of Agriculture of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) has praised CORAF for making the Cotton, Maize, and Livestock sectors competitive.

Speaking at a joint online press conference on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Mr. Jonas Gbian, UEMOA’s Commissioner of Agriculture, also reiterated the Commission’s commitment to the agriculture sector.

“I would like to reiterate the congratulations of the UEMOA Commission to the Executive Director of CORAF for the quality of the work and the results achieved in such a short time,” said Commissioner Gbian in reference to the achievements of a five-years intervention designed to increase the productivity of maize, cotton and animal genetics as well as make it more competitive.

“I would like to reaffirm the UEMOA Commission’s readiness to support the Member States of the Union in improving the productivity and competitiveness of our agricultural sectors to contribute to sustainable food and nutrition security within our space.”

With an investment of 1.5 billion FCFA from the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), CORAF, a Dakar-based regional research coordination institution, implemented a five-years collaborative research project. The project strengthened the resilience of the beneficiary’s communities and contributed to improving the livelihoods of thousands of people in the UEMOA-member states.

According to the Commissioner, the UEMOA investment resulted in the following:

  • generates technologies for beneficiaries;
  • Strengthened the capacity of agricultural research institutions in the sub-region by equipping them with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and consumables;
  • Strengthened the human capital of the region by training the next generation of scientists. A total of 25 students graduated with a master degree of PhD.

“Continue the Partnership,”

The Executive Director of CORAF, Dr. Abdou Tenkouano represented the Chairperson fo the GOverning Board of CORAF, Dr. Ângela Maria Pereira Barreto da Veiga Moreno.

In a statement read on her behalf, UEMOA was singled out for praise.

“I would like to thank UEMOA for making CORAF a critical technical partner and for providing the resources for this project,” said the CORAF Board Chair, Dr. Moreno.

Channeling the wish of most of the project actors to see another phase during which the results could be scaled up, the Board Chair called on CORAF and UEMOA to continue their partnership.

More than 40 journalists from all UEMOA countries participate in the online press conference.

Through the hour and a half-long press conference, questions focused on sustaining the gains of the project. The senior officials of both institutions recognized the need to scale up the results in order to reach more beneficiaries.

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