Benin: TARSPro to Spur Technologies Adoption With Innovation Platforms

  • An agricultural technologies and innovations scaling project will enable 35 Beninese stakeholders to establish innovation platforms.
  • The innovation platforms will help accelerate mass adoption of technologies and innovations capable of transforming Benin agriculture by increasing among other factors, the country’s agricultural productivity.
  • Milk, maize, mango, onion, potato, soybean and meat are the seven sectors concerned by the innovation platforms establishment initiative, in Benin.

[Parakou, 04 May, 2022] Thanks to a workshop to be held in Parakou from 09 to 13 May 2022, the Agricultural Technologies and Innovations Scaling Project for Increasing the Resilience of Production Systems and Family Farms in West and Central Africa (TARSPro) will provide Beninese stakeholders with the necessary skills for the establishment and facilitation of innovation platforms (IPs) in the country.

In Benin, as in most countries of the sub-region, agriculture is plagued by several challenges including climate change, limited use of mechanization, etc.

“Researchers have developed a myriad of technologies and innovations that address many of today’s challenges in agriculture. It is now a matter of making these technologies and innovations accessible to users, and encouraging them to adopt them,” underlines Mrs Marie Nicole Taha Nkoum, TARSPro Programme Manager at CORAF.

Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), TARSPro aims at supporting greater dissemination of agricultural research products in West and Central Africa.

To achieve this objective, the project implementation is based on three fundamental mechanisms, including IPs. The two (02) others are the Competitive Projects and the Commissioned Projects.

“Innovation platforms foster interconnection between actors in the same value chain, with the aim of identifying needs, opportunities and challenges on the one hand, and on the other hand, proposing concrete solutions through the development, dissemination and adoption of technologies and innovations, to address these challenges,” says Dr. Emmanuel Njukwe, Director of Research and Innovation at CORAF.

“Innovation platforms will contribute to increasing agricultural productivity in Benin through the use of technologies and innovations by farmers, because they will strengthen the involvement of all stakeholders, a sine qua non condition for effective adoption of these products of research, and for inclusive development.”

In Benin, seven (07) identified agricultural sectors will be considered in the establishment of the IPs: milk, maize, mango, onion, potato, soybean and meat.

The five-day workshop which will be held in the city of Kobourou, is organized by the National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin (INRAB), in the framework of TARSPro. INRAB is the implementing partner of the project in Benin.

A total of thirty-five (35) actors, will be trained in IP establishment and facilitation techniques.

With a proportion of 46% women and 60% youth, the group of participants is almost representative of the project’s target —50% women and 60% youth.

At the end of the workshop, it is expected that the participants will take ownership of the IP tool on the one hand, and on the other hand, that they will be able to master the advocacy process, the theory of change, as well as resource mobilization techniques to ensure the sustainability of the IPs.

In addition to Benin, TARSPro is also implemented in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad.

The IP establishment initiative would then be replicated in the other four countries in the near future.

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