From 25 to 26 July 2016, members of the Steering Committee of the fruit flies project in West Africa met in Lomé to assess the achievements and review the regional and national workplans for the next year. CORAF/WECARD, running the applied research component of the project and also a member of the Steering Committee, took part in the meeting. During two days, members of the Steering Committee reviewed the progress of activities of the year. It appears that technically, the results at the regional level and within countries show that stakeholders and partners are on track to achieve the project objectives. They reviewed the activities and the budget planned for the period 2016-2017 at regional level in the 8 beneficiary countries. Members of the Steering Committee welcomed and endorsed the membership applications from Nigeria, Togo and Guinea Bissau
CORAF/WECARD shared with members of the Steering Committee the main achievements of the Scientific Committee of the project which was formed under its supervision as an institution coordinating the applied research component of the project. CORAF/WECARD was represented by Dr Ousmane N’doye, Regional Coordinator of the applied research component and Dr Anatole KONE, the Communication Manager of CORAF/WECARD.
Run from February 2015, the project, a total of € 23.5 million, is funded by European Union (EU) to the tune of € 17 million, the French Development Agency (AFD) up to 1 € 5 million, the ECOWAS Commission to the tune of € 1.5 million, and the recipient states to the tune of € 5 million. AFD delegate agency of the European funds, is responsible for the project for all donors. The aim is to improve the income of fruit and vegetable producers, especially small producers, to improve food security in the sub-region and reduce poverty.
It is necessary to clarify that the project began in 2015 and ended in 2019. The regional coordination is provided by the consortium Segerom, Berg and COLEACP which manages components, surveillance, control, capacity building and coordination. The coordination unit is based in Bamako. The project is currently being implemented in 8 countries of West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal. The Steering Committee chaired by ECOWAS is composed of: UEMOA, EU, AFD, CORAF/WECARD, ROPPA, EBID, the Rural Hub.