West/Central Africa: Three Competitive Projects to Be Launched

By Shout-Africa Cameroon correspondent – A four-day regional workshop, attended by 77 agricultural researchers, to plan the launch kicked off in the economic capital yesterday.



Experts from the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development started planning the official launch of three competitive projects. The projects are those validated by stakeholders in the region and fall within two of the eight CORAF/WECARD programmes, namely; livestock, fisheries and aquaculture and natural resources.

During its regular session held last May in N’Djamena, Chad, the CORAF/WECARD Governing Board approved funding of the three proposals. The objective of the workshop is to bring together the project partners to jointly plan and officially launch three projects chosen by the body. The workshop, which is expected to discuss, share and come up with consensus views, began sensitizing participants on the body’s strategic and operational plans and the respective programmes; IAR4D paradigm and innovation platform process; planning, monitoring and evaluation strategy; environmental and social policy and sensitise project teams on administrative and financial procedures of the body, among others.

The workshop is funded through the body’s Competitive Grant Scheme. CORAF/WECARD is a sub-regional organization composed of the National Agricultural Research Systems of 22 countries in West and Central Africa, conceived as a sub-regional tool for cooperation, discussion and capacity strengthening in the area of agricultural research and development.