The new Subregional Coordinator (SRC) of Prolinnova activities in West & Central Africa is Georges Djohy, based in Benin.
Georges Djohy is a member of the wider Prolinnova network (Yahoogroup) but will be new to most Prolinnova partners. Georges is a young professional in his early 30s who recently completed a PhD in social anthropology based on research into social and technical innovation by pastoralists in the face of environmental change in northern Benin. He has previous experience in network coordination as Benin Focal Point of a national platform on biofuels, which included promoting farmer creativity in using local natural resources in new ways to generate renewable energy. This was part of a subregional network together with partners in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. He has experience in policy dialogue with various stakeholders as part of a University of Parakou project on climate change and food security. He has just received a postdoctoral grant from the Volkswagen Foundation for three years of research into pastoralist women’s associations and livelihood diversification in northern Benin. Georges has an excellent command of both spoken and written French and English, and has published mainly in English (including his doctoral thesis). Now that he has returned to his home country after completing his doctoral studies in Germany, he hopes to be able to set up a CP in Benin, alongside his work as SRC in West & Central Africa.
He attended the 2017 International Partners Workshop (IPW) in Tamale, northern Ghana, hosted by ACDEP. This provided an opportunity for the Prolinnova taskforce in West & Central Africa to strategise and plan together with Georges about mutual learning, South–South mentoring and policy dialogue at subregional and regional level to mainstream PID into institutions of agricultural research, advisory services and higher education in the subregion.