West and Central Africa

Introduction

In its 2016–20 strategy, the Prolinnova network decided to create regional and subregional platforms of country-level multistakeholder networks (“Country Platforms”). The West & Central Africa Regional Platform includes the Country Platforms in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and Senegal and is open to other Prolinnova Country Platforms that may become active again, such as in Niger and Nigeria, and to emerging Prolinnova groups in other countries in West & Central Africa.

The platform seeks to facilitate country-to-country learning and joint efforts in policy dialogue at subregional level to promote local innovation by small-scale family farmers and, above all, multistakeholder interaction in farmer-led joint research and development building on local initiatives and innovations.

The coordinator of the West and Central Africa Regional Platform is Georges Djohy, based in Benin (gdjohy@gmail.com)

New Prolinnova Subregional Coordinators in Africa

From the over 150 candidates that applied to be Subregional Coordinator (SRC) of Prolinnova activities in Africa, the two personsselected by the Country Platforms in the respective subregions and the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) were Amanuel Assefa forthe Eastern & Southern Africa subregion and Georges Djohy for the West & Central Africa subregion.

              
ESA coordinator: Amanuel Assefa, Ethiopia                   WCA coordinator: Georges Djohy, Benin     

Prolinnova WCA coordinator makes media coverage of CFS44

On invitation by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), Georges Djohy, the Prolinnova Sub-Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa, attended a training session on 5–8 October 2017 about designing and implementing communication strategies based on social media. Just after the training, he was integrated into the GFAR social reporter team for media coverage of the 44th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS44) held in Rome, Italy, on 9–13 October 2017. Georges had the opportunity to apply his new skills by sharing diverse information related to CFS44 on Facebook and Twitter and by publishing five interesting blogs in which he referred to the actions and achievements of Prolinnova. These publications are available on Facebook (Prolinnova WCA & WCA Prolinnova) and Twitter (@Prolinnova_WCA) pages of the West and Central Africa Prolinnova Platform (PPAOC/WeCAPP) and on the GFAR and CFS websites:

Prolinnova WCA coordinator attends GFAR social-media training


Georges Djohy, Prolinnova Subregional Coordinator for West & Central Africa (WCA), was selected by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) to take part in the training course on communication strategies through social media to be held on 5–13 October in Rome. This training, offered by GFAR and FAO, also gives him the opportunity to cover the 44th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS44) on 9–13 October. The use of social media is becoming increasingly important in Prolinnova’s strategy to disseminate and scale up our network's achievements and to stimulate policy dialogue about the role of small-scale farmers in agricultural research and innovation.

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