The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government has offered its full support to CORAF as it seeks to strengthen its collaboration with actors in Central Africa.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a high-level gathering to validate a new strategy to better integrate Central African countries in the activities of CORAF on Monday, November 22, 2021, in Kinshasa, the representative of the Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovations expressed her Government’s willingness to host the regional Headquarters of CORAF.
“The Government of the Republic, through me, is ready to support all the actions that CORAF will undertake to make our national research institutes in Central Africa competitive. To this end, the DRC will host the headquarters of CORAF for Central Africa,” said Ndandu Mayamba, Deputy Director of the Cabinet at the DRC’s Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovations.
CORAF has recently stepped up efforts to work better with countries and partners in Central Africa with the overarching goal of strengthening food and nutrition security in the region.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, like many Central African countries, face significant challenges linked to climate change, food and nutrition insecurity, environmental degradation, post-harvest loss, etc.
None of these challenges can be solved without innovative scientific solutions.
“It is time to intervene to reverse this current trend by transforming agriculture using innovations,” according to Ms. Mayamba.
CORAF partners with Central African states, intergovernmental institutions, scientific, financial, and technical partners, and farmer groups to tackle these challenges.
“We cannot pretend to go on alone and succeed. Here, the role of CORAF is crucial — that of promoting greater regional integration in Central Africa,” said the senior government official from the DRC.
Other speakers at the opening ceremony of these strategic meetings in DRC included:
- Prof Kankolongo Mbuya, Director General of the National Agricultural Study and Research Institute (INERA) of the Democratic Republic of Congo;
- Dr. Angela Moreno, Chair of the Governing Board of CORAF;
- Mr. Abessolo Phil-Philo, representing the President of Regional Platform of Peasant Organizations of Central Africa (PROPAC);
- Honorable Dr. Honoré Tabuna, Commissioner of the Department of Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Rural Development of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); and
- Dr. Valantine Achancho, Country Director and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Representative
The DRC meetings are organized in collaboration with INERA, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the European Union, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The event is funded by the Science led climate-relevant agricultural transformation in West and Central Africa (CAADP-XP4), a project funded by the European Union and implemented by CORAF.
CORAF’s Scorecard in Central Africa in Brief
CORAF’s footprints in Central Africa date back several decades with projects designed to support livestock, crops, aquaculture, the environment, access to markets, and human capital development (youths and women). Overall, CORAF has implemented about twenty projects in the Central African region with the overarching objective of supporting the priorities of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of ECCAS and the agriculture policies of its member states.