After Benin, it is the turn of Burkinabe agricultural actors to benefit from training on the establishment and facilitation of innovation platforms (IPs).
Thirty-four (34) actors have benefited from the training organized in Bobo Dioulasso, from May 16 to 20, 2022, 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).
The beneficiaries of the training come from the milk, mango, sweet potato with orange flesh, cassava, livestock/meat value chains.
Thanks to the multi-actor approach, the facilitation team of other projects whose objectives converge with TARSPro’s ones and the technical support services (agriculture, livestock, gender promotion, employment and youth, etc.) in the regions of the Central West, the Upper Bassins, the Cascades and Southern Center also took part in this training.
“The approach is new and we are confident that it will, in synergy with other national and regional initiatives underway, increase youth and women employability on the one hand, and on the other hand, the income from their labor for the benefit of households, especially in the areas of intervention,” declared during the launch of the training, Dr. Seydou Sanou, Deputy Director General of the Environment and Agricultural Research Institute of Burkina Faso (INERA ).
“With the various programs implemented by CORAF, there can be synergies at the country level. This process of establishing IPs has allowed us to know that there are similarities between clusters and IPs,” said Nicole Ouedraogo, Representative of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) in Burkina Faso and Deputy Director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Support Program (PAPEA).
“If we better structure the clusters to allow them to present themselves as IPs with clear responsibilities, this will allow the actors to be able to manage themselves and also to implement their activities themselves,” she added.
The Deputy Director of PAPEA made the statement at the end of the training, thus highlighting the similarities between clusters and IPs, which all facilitate the adoption of technologies and innovations.
“TARSPro is being implemented to facilitate the transfer of the many solutions to the constraints faced by farmers, developed by researchers. The project aims at instigating a paradigm shift, improving productivity and increasing household incomes, especially the most vulnerable,” recalled Dr. Vianney Tarpaga, Focal Point of TARSPro project in the ‘Country of Upright Men’.
Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the project is implemented in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad.
The IPs represent one of the project’s implementation mechanisms and the next countries to benefit from the same training are Mali, Niger and Chad.