An ambitious new agreement design to support small-scale farmers in the Sahel and West Africa access critical and life-changing technologies and innovations is expected to be signed between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and CORAF. The signature ceremony will hold on Monday, November 30, 2020, at the CORAF Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal.
The Swiss Ambassador to Senegal, Her Excellency Marion Weichelt Krupski will sign the agreement on behalf of the SDC, while Dr. Ângela Maria Pereira Barreto da Veiga Moreno will sign on behalf of CORAF. The deal is projected to bring considerable benefits to farmers, producers, and many other actors on the food value chain in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger.
The close to USD 11 million (5.6 billion FCFA) accord principally funds the 2018-2027 CORAF Strategic Plan. The agreement covers the period from 2020 to 2024 and constitutes the first phase of a 12-year commitment between the Swiss Cooperation and CORAF for an overall amount of USD 33 million (18 billion FCFA).
“What we are witnessing with this incredible gesture from the Swiss Government is an unprecedented commitment to lift the still many people of West and Central Africa living in poverty. This support allows CORAF to continue helping our people and communities to combat the grueling effects of climate change, have decent jobs, reduce youth unemployment, stymied risky migration to unknown destinations inclusively and equitably,” says Dr. Ângela Moreno, Chairperson of the CORAF Governing Board.
“The signing of this contract between CORAF and the Swiss Confederation is of great importance for more than one reason: First of all, because this support will make it possible to take research results out of laboratories and research centers and bring them to the field and to agricultural businesses. People will then use more innovations to produce more, process better, sell more, and create more income. Finally, Switzerland will contribute, through CORAF, to strengthening the contribution of agricultural research in increasing the productivity of agriculture and livestock in West Africa,” says Her Excellency Marion Weichelt Krupski.