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Inades-Formation Burkina organized from 28th to 29th May 2020 in Dédougou a reflection workshop with the Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC). This workshop aimed at making them more operational. About twenty representatives from seven CILACs participated in this activity. It is part of the implementation by Inades-Formation Burkina of the project on repositioning food for sovereignty. This project, which is being implemented in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, benefits from financial support from Misereor.

Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC) are groups of 4 to 5 farmers who are experiencing the same realities and changes in agro-sylvo-pastoral production. These groups are constantly experimenting with solutions to the challenges they face.

Within the framework of the implementation of the project for the enhancement of sovereignty food by Inades-Formation Burkina during the period 2017-2019, seven (07) CILACs were set up in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, including 5 in the Mouhoun province and 2 in the Kossi province. The role of these CILACs is to document their observations, identify and document alternative solutions, experiment these alternative solutions and share the learning with community members and local partners.

Group work during the workshop

The work of the workshop to define benchmarks for evaluating the value added of the services provided by CILACs in their community led to the achievement of two main results.

The first is the definition of 05 benchmarks/criteria for evaluating the added value of the services provided by CILACs. These benchmarks are as follows:

  • increase in agricultural yields through the use of the services offered by the CILACs,
    the degree of mobilization of the population around the services provided by the CILACs,
    decreased spending on modern inputs,
    the appreciation by the population of the services rendered by the CILACs,
    the solicitation of authorities (municipal and technical) for the services rendered by CILACS

The second important result achieved is the identification of the main elements of the 2020-2022 action plan for each CILAC. These main elements relate in particular to the areas of activities, the actions/activities to be carried out, the actors to be involved in carrying out the activities and the implementation period.

The Dédougou workshop was also an opportunity to improve the participants’ knowledge of the concept of CILAC, the role and responsibilities of this structure, its mode of operation and the field of activities. This reflection and training workshop represents an important step for the CILACs in the process of operationalizing their actions.

However, the low level of education of their members is a handicap for their development. To this end, reflections are underway to enable them to meet the challenges they face in their work.

Participants in the reflection and training workshop for the members of the CILACs of the Boucle du Mouhoun

Samuel SOMDA / Inades-Formation Burkina Faso

On May 16 and 17, 2019 Inades-Formation Burkina organized an activity to promote products and dishes based on “sovereignty food” in schools in the Boucle du Mouhoun region of Burkina Faso. The objective was to get students to know the products derived from sovereignty food and to consume the food that comes from it. In Dédougou and Nouna, where this activity took place, the students participated with enthusiasm and curiosity. About 200 students attended the event.

The activity to promote products and dishes based on “sovereignty food” involved the students of the Lycée Provincial and Lycée St Gabriel in Dédougou as well as those of the Collège Charles Lwanga in Nouna. Inades-Formation Burkina’s intervention in these schools was marked by a conference on the subject and a tasting session of local dishes. The conference was marked by a presentation phase on the notion of sovereignty food, the issues, the products, the dishes related to these foods. During the tasting phase, the students were led to consume various dishes prepared by processors supported by Inades-Formation Burkina in both localities.

Djamilatou OUATTARA, a student in 1st D class at the Charle Lwanga High School in Nouna, has this to say about this activity: “I really appreciate this initiative. It allowed me to know that local products can be used to prepare many dishes and it’s really fantastic”.

For the Inades-Formation network, “sovereignty food” is a food product of plant and animal origin, historically rooted in the eating habits of the populations of a given region, in commercial exchanges and in cultural practices. They are known for their resistance to climate change, their nutritional quality, their low dependence on synthetic inputs and their important role in boosting the local economy. These include millet, sorghum, cowpea (beans), fonio, local chicken.

In the schools in Dédougou and Nouna which they visited, Inades-Formation Burkina members talked to the students about dishes such as: pearl millet juice, pearl millet meatballs, millet couscous, fonio dêguê, fonio juice, fonio balls with bean leaves, cowpea biscuits (beans), etc. They also had the opportunity to consume these dishes at the tasting session. “I made a lot of discoveries about local food at this activity organized by Inades-Formation Burkina. Now I know the value of local food and I will prefer it to imported products. In addition, I will talk about it around me to get my family and friends to prepare and consume more local food,” says Nikiéma Yasmine, a 5th grade student at the Lycée Provincial de Dédougou.

The activity organized by Inades-Formation Burkina for students is part of the implementation of the Project to promote “sovereignty food” for sufficient, healthy and sustainable food for the people of Burkina Faso. This project financed by the German NGO MISEREOR is implemented by Inades-Formation Burkina in the Boucle du Mouhoun region. It is also implemented in 7 other countries of the Inades-Formation network. These countries are: Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Togo and Cameroon.

Inades-Formation Togo in its commitment to promote food sovereignty took part from April 11 to 13, 2019 in the National Forum of Togolese Farmers (FNPT). This is a meeting of business opportunities that allowed its agricultural partners (actors of the food sovereignty project) to exhibit their products, enrich their address book and forge new partnerships.

Well packaged and labelled fonio, packaged fonio flour, common bean, fonio and bean seeds, food brochures, Inades-Formation booklets on agriculture, livestock, business management: these are some of the articles from this national forum on the Inades-Formation Togo stand. For this 11th edition, the reflections revolved around the theme: “agricultural processing poles to enhance the potential in Togo: a new vision translated by the NDP”. This is an opportunity for the actors of the food sovereignty project to highlight the products of their harvest.

Clearly, visitors were amazed and satisfied with the beauty of the product: “without a doubt, the quality is there. It’s my first time seeing the fonio so nicely wrapped up. It is already building my appetite,” said one of the Aklesso visitors. Even the elected representative of the people, the Honorable Abass KABOUA, came to the Inades-Formation Togo stand. He congratulated private organizations for their contribution to development and their commitment to promoting local products. He appreciated the packaging of the fonio ”Ovali” and promised to promote it as much as possible.

Public debates and conferences focused on various themes at this give and take meeting. Panels from several sectors were run, including one on the fonio sector, to which the Inades-Formation Togo delegation composed of seed companies, producers and processors strongly contributed for the improvement of this sector.

Panel on the fonio sector

This forum allowed Inades-Formation Togo to capitalize on some achievements: a Whatsapp platform was created. It brings together national stakeholders in the sector. The delegation entered into negotiations with other operators with a view to developing a possible business relationship. The agricultural partners also discussed with delegates from the MIFA (agricultural financing incentive mechanism) on the modalities of collaboration.

The Forum aims to strengthen the development dynamics of agricultural processing poles through the organization, structuring and financing of agricultural value chains in order to effectively contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the National Development Program (NDP). More than six hundred (600) actors from the agricultural world from Togo and elsewhere took part in this meeting.

The meeting was opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Noël Koutéra BATAKA. In his speech, he recalled the government’s actions aimed at making Togolese agriculture competitive, resilient and income-generating, as outlined in the National Development Plan (2018-2022 NDP). He also congratulated and encouraged non-governmental organizations and private structures for supporting grassroots communities for a developed, prosperous and influential rural world.

The Honorable Abass KABOUA inviting visitors to local consumption