TARSPro to Help Set Up Innovation Platforms in Seven Sectors in Benin

Thanks to a training workshop organized by CORAF as part of the Agricultural Technologies and Innovations Scaling Project for Increasing the Resilience of Production Systems and Family Farms in West and Central Africa (TARSPro), Actors operating in seven agricultural sectors in North Benin will benefit from Innovation Platforms (IPs), which will consequently facilitate their adoption of technologies and innovations.

Milk, maize, mango, onion, potato, soybean and meat are the seven targeted sectors and IPs will be implemented in the northern departments of Alibori, Atacora, Borgou and Donga in Benin.

“The TARSPro project aims primarily to support a wide dissemination of the results of agricultural research in West and Central Africa and Innovation Platforms are one of the mechanisms for implementing the project,” recalled Mrs Marie Nicole Taha Nkoum, TARSPro Programme Manager at CORAF.

“It is recognized that the generation and dissemination of technology and innovations are the cornerstone of agricultural development,” emphasized Mr. Daniel Missimahou Noukpozounkou, Agro-Sociologist at the National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin (INRAB).

It is therefore expected that the IPs that will set up will facilitate the adoption of technologies and innovations in the targeted sectors.

“All of the sectors considered in the TARSPro project’s intervention are aligned with the ones promoted by the Rural Development Sector Support Program, in its third phase (PASDeR3),” said Mr. Soufianou Kibissa, Representative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which funds the TARSPro project and also PASDeR3.

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The workshop brings together thirty-four (34) participants from 09 to 14 May 2022 in Parakou, Benin, who will be trained in the implementation and facilitation of innovation platforms (IPs). 

In the same perspective, actors from other TARSPro project implementing countries which are Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad, will also benefit from similar training for the establishment of IPs.

Burkina Faso is the next country and the workshop is scheduled from 16 to 20 May 2022.