Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, March 9, 2018

ACCESS Agriculture Cotonou official opening

Bonaventure Kouakanou, Director of the Office of the Minister,
cuts the ribbon to open the new Access Agriculture office on
the IITA campus in Cotonou, Benin.
7 March 2018. Cotonou, Benin. Access Agriculture moved into new office for West and Central Africa. Located on the campus of the research organisation IITA, the new facility gives the opportunity to interact with visitors to the site and showcase how “farmer to farmer” videos can help transform livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

Dr. Paul Van Mele, Chairman of Access Agriculture; Dr. Nelson Ojijo, Executive Secretary; and Dr. Dominique Hounkonnou, board member were all present at the ceremony. 

They were joined by their partners in Benin including University of Abomey-Calavi, University of Parakou, DEDRAS, Songhai Centre. DEDRAS, Helvetas Benin, IFDC, Technoserve Benin, PNUD, INRAB (National Research Center), AfricaRice, World Vegetable Center, Bioversity International, and CIVA projects.

The Access Agriculture office is expected to become a hub for collaboration with other organisations committed to working in local languages.

More details about the work of Access Agriculture and its social media platform Agtube can be found at www.accessagriculture.organd

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