The Joint Advisory Committee of two of West Africa’s largest agri-input projects started meeting today, September 27, to review the progress achieved and make strategic readjustments to enable them better meet their development challenges.
The Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education, and Development in West Africa (PAIRED) and the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems Project for West Africa (EnGRAIS) provide quality seeds and fertilizers, respectively to West African farmers and producers. Both projects are implemented by CORAF and International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development.
“Overall, PAIRED has achieved some significant results. However, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the momentum and impacted the implementation of our activities on the ground, says Dr. Hippolyte Affognon, Manager of PAIRED.
“What that means is that this Advisory Committee meeting takes on another new level of importance as it is expected to help us understand what has been achieved and adjust future actions accordingly.”
For two days, this virtual meeting will allow the management teams of the two projects to present the main achievements of 2021 and plan the interventions for 2022.
The specific objectives of the two-day virtual meeting are as follows:
- Advise the EnGRAIS and PAIRED management teams on the strategic vision, orientation, priorities, and approaches at the regional and national level;
- Suggest priority actions for developing programs for EnGRAIS and PAIRED annual activities;
- Assess the progress of implementation of annual programs against EnGRAIS and PAIRED monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans; and
- Serve as a link between other regional programs and ongoing bilateral projects to develop the fertilizer and seed sub-sectors.
In addition to representatives of CORAF and IFDC, the Advisory Committee is made up of representatives of USAID and those of several regional organizations.
Below are organizations represented in the Committee:
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS);
- West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA;
- Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS);
- US Agency for International Development for West Africa (USAID/WA);
- West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA);
- Alliance for Seed Industry in West Africa (ASIWA);
- Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa (ROPPA).