Strategic Vision 2012-2022 (PDF - 487.73 ko)
31/01/2017 - Article
CIRAD welcomed its longstanding partners from West Africa in Montpellier on 15 December. The aim was to contribute, as part of its strategy review, to the debate on how it could change what it has to offer in terms of research in partnership in the coming decade.
Launching a top-level policy and collegial debate and thinking about change and common contributions to major global initiatives like 4 per 1000, in support of the agro-ecological transition, which is of interest for each and every farming system in West Africa. This was the overall objective set by CIRAD President Managing Director Michel Eddi for the talks held with CIRAD's West African partners at Agropolis International on 15 December. Representatives of national agricultural research centres in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Senegal, of sub-regional organizations, CILSS and WECARD travelled to Montpellier, along with representatives from the French Ministries of Research and of Foreign Affairs, the AFD and the IRD.
On the basis of a shared analysis of the issues and priorities for agricultural development in West Africa, the participants pinpointed the main current and future scientific priorities, initiatives and actions in four main fields of intervention:
Obtaining reliable experimental data so as to develop models, innovation and impact assessment, and donor expectations were at the heart of the discussions on all these topics. The partners stressed the need to provide academic and also professional training for researchers and farmers, with ongoing support from international aid.
The partners were quick to praise the efficacy and relevance of a popular type of partnership: platforms in partnership for research and training (dPs) , of which there are five in West Africa.
The comparative advantages of consolidating dPs, linking up with other local platforms (national specialist centres, CGIAR Research Programmes, IRD joint international laboratory, etc) and promoting other types of cooperation – thematic networks - were discussed. The prospect of opening up to the region and to other partners, so as to give future operations greater weight and visibility and play a greater part in major global initiatives, with the associated funding, was also covered.
In order to translate this shared vision and the recognized strategic priorities into operational change scenarios, another meeting could be organized in 2017 under the aegis of WECARD, once the external review of the existing platforms in partnership has been completed.
West Africa: agricultural development priorities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030