CIRAD Regional Office for Continental West Africa
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
11/03/2016 - Article
CIRAD signed a general cooperation agreement with the Ivorian Ministry of Agriculture on 2 March 2016, renewing its partnership on agricultural research, appraisals and training. In particular, the agreement covers the topics of food safety and cocoa diseases. It follows on from those signed with the CNRA in 2014 and FIRCA in 2015 and confirms the resumption of operations in partnership between CIRAD and Ivory Coast.
Renewed cooperation on agricultural research, appraisals and training is the objective of a general agreement between CIRAD and Ivory Coast, signed on 2 March by CIRAD President Managing Director Michel Eddi and Ivorian Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly.
"I am sure you will be able to develop high-yielding varieties in line with our requirements and constraints ", the Minister declared, proving the confidence he places in CIRAD's expertise.
This renewed partnership will centre on:
Michel Eddi: "This agreement is the sign of a strong partnership dynamic and of a resumption of collaboration, which had been halted due to the situation in the country. I am keen for our researchers to return our partners in Ivory Coast very shortly, to work on agricultural development priorities. "
The signature, which confirms the resumption of operations in partnership between CIRAD and Ivory Coast, follows on from three previous general agreements signed with Ivorian institutions:
CIRAD is a historic partner for Ivory Coast. Scientific cooperation between France and Ivory Coast had been almost entirely halted since the country's last crisis in 2010. However, dialogue between scientists never stopped.