CORAF Honors Best Science Papers

On the occasion of the symposium on the state of agricultural research for development in West and Central Africa that it organized in Cotonou from July 19 to 21, 2022, CORAF paid tribute to the best scientific papers. 

Prior to the symposium, a call for papers was launched for researchers and academics in the sub-region.

All the papers received focused on four (04) priority areas, around which the symposium was structured:

  1. Climate-smart agriculture (including crop, livestock, aquaculture, forestry and environment): adaptation and mitigation
  2. Transboundary plan pests and diseases
  3. Restoration of degraded lands and management of soil fertility and water
  4. Post-harvest management (processing, conservation and marketing)

After a rigorous selection process based on the evaluation criteria, twenty-five (25) posters and eight (08) oral communications were selected and presented at the symposium, among more than a hundred applications.

“Following the call for papers, we received more than a hundred abstracts, which demonstrates the current dynamism of agricultural research in West and Central Africa,” said CORAF Director of Research and Innovation, Dr. Emmanuel Njukwe.

At the end of all the presentations, Codjo Casimir Aitchedji from Benin and Sylvie Eponle Usoh from Cameroon were recognized as having presented the best poster and oral communications, with regard to the evaluation criteria.

Codjo Casimir Aitchedji’s poster focused on “The supply chain development analysis: The case of Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag distribution for organic grain storage.”

As for Sylvie Eponle Usoh, she made an oral presentation on “Gender participation to land restoration: Evidence beyond ticking the gender box to achieving sustainable land management in Cameroon.”

CORAF’s Director of Research and Innovation congratulated the two awardees for their papers.

The symposium on the state of agricultural research for development in West and Central Africa was held on the theme: “Agricultural Technologies & Innovations: Climate-Smart Solutions for the Transformation of Emergence and Post-Emergence Situations.”

It brought together in the economic capital of Benin, more than a hundred actors and stakeholders of the agricultural sector in West and Central Africa.

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