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Capacity building

The Swiss Cooperation visits the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF)

The Swiss Cooperation visits the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF)

The Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) received a delegation of nine members from the Swiss Cooperation (DDC) on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at its premises. The delegation was led by Mr. Nicolas RANDIN, Vice-Director of DDC and Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division. This courtesy visit is part of the organization of a meeting of the Swiss Cooperation office heads in Lomé.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DDC) has been collaborating with the ECOWAS Commission since 2012 in the implementation of the Regional Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP). With a total budget of 12,122,369,538 XOF, this support covers three priority thematic areas: "Strengthening Institutional and Organizational Capacities," "Pastoralism, Transhumance, Transboundary Animal Diseases, and Livestock," and "Youth Employment.".

To allow the delegation to better appreciate ARAA's achievements through this collaboration, a presentation was made by the ARAA team on the programs implemented with the contribution of DDC. The discussions were followed by a joint field visit in Lomé to allow them to see firsthand the concrete implementation of a completed but impactful field project contributing to the improvement of actors in the small ruminant meat sector. This project is the "Economic Development of Actors in the Small Ruminant Meat Sector (DEFI-Meat)," a pilot project co-financed by Swiss Cooperation, ECOWAS, and Veterinarians Without Borders Switzerland.

The Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division of Swiss Cooperation and his team expressed satisfaction with the impact of the butchery on the project's beneficiary populations.

Swiss Cooperation will continue to work closely with ARAA to ensure the ongoing success of current projects and to explore new collaboration opportunities in the fields of agriculture, food, and rural development. This visit demonstrates the mutual commitment to a sustainable and fruitful partnership.