The Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Senegal, His Excellency Jacob Ouédraogo, visited the CORAF Executive Secretariat to learn more about CORAF’s activities and achievements in the agricultural sector. The Burkinabe diplomat also came to explore possible synergies between his country and CORAF.
Burkina Faso is one of the founding member States of CORAF.
“I would like to see that the state of Burkina Faso benefits from the experience and extensive knowledge of CORAF. I would report to the Government of Burkina Faso. Hopefully, we can leverage CORAF’s experience to improve some of the agriculture programs the Government is implementing,” said the Ambassador.
CORAF works directly with the National Agricultural Research System of Burkina Faso. The Institute for the Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) is CORAF’s entry point in Burkina Faso. CORAF is right now implementing a few research and development projects in Burkina Faso. Most of them are implemented by INERA and involved the scaling up of technologies and innovations. The Scaling of agricultural technologies and innovations to increase the resilience of production systems and family farms in West and Central Africa (TARSPro), funded by the Swiss Cooperation, is the latest CORAF project involving Burkina Faso.
“In Africa, research has a bright future. The expectations are high because researchers are required to provide concrete African solutions to African problems. This is the only way we can meet the challenges of food self-sufficiency, the fight against poverty, income-generating, etc.,” said His Excellency Joseph Ouédraogo.
During the visit, the Ambassador and his team met with the Executive Secretariat team of CORAF. During the brief ceremony, both parties exchanged on the work of CORAF and particularly how that links to the research system in Burkina Faso.
The Ambassador of Burkina Faso also visited the Agripreneur TV studio, a pioneer online youth-engagement platform.
Burkina Faso hosts the Fruits and Legumes Regional Center of Specialization, one of the nine centers of specialization spread across West Africa. These centers are the outcome of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP).