REGIONAL AGENCY FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
AGENCE RÉGIONALE POUR L'AGRICULTURE ET L'ALIMENTATION
AGÊNCIA REGIONAL DA AGRICULTURA E ALIMENTAÇÃO
Organized in Abgélouvé (Togo) from 17 to 20 November 2020, the launching and planning workshop of the Regional Project to Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture in West Africa was attended by various stakeholders including Technical and Financial Partners (European Union, Spanish Cooperation), Regional Organizations (UEMOA, CILSS/AGRHYMET, WASCAL, BOAD, EBID), National Designated Authorities and Regional Producers’ Organizations.
Funded by the Adaptation Fund through Banque Ouest-Africaine de Développement (BOAD), this 3-year project is implemented by the ECOWAS Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) in five beneficiary countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Togo) to reduce the vulnerability of farmers and pastoralists facing increasing climate risks.
Its implementation will be done through 25 sub-projects, 5 per country distributed by agroecological zone over an area of 100 to 150 ha and whose selection will be made following a call for proposals process. The total number of direct beneficiaries is estimated at 153,720 people and indirect beneficiaries at 300,000 people with at least 50% of women.
While climate change is global but adaptation and mitigation strategies local from the ECOWAS Commission perspective, this project timely comes to consolidate the West African Development Bank (BOAD) commitment to mobilize resources to enable Member States act together in synergy to face the adverse effects of global warming. Moreover, agriculture being the main driving force for economic and social development in the region, Member States must engage in in-depth reflection to appropriately face the climate challenge.