Digital technology, an opportunity for farmers’ organizations: the DigitOp project launched in Côte d’Ivoire


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On Monday, April 29, 2024, Inades-Formation and its partners AFDI and AVI launched the DigitOp project “Le numérique, levier pour accélérer le développement des services des organisations paysannes d’Afrique de l’Ouest” in Côte d’Ivoire. The ceremony took place at the Palm Club Hotel in the presence of the representative of the Ministry of Digital Transition and Digitization, beneficiaries, development partners, project stakeholders and journalists.

There will be 9 billion people on the planet by 2050. The challenges of feeding these people are many. It will be necessary to maintain sustainable growth in agriculture in order to produce enough food, while working on issues of inclusion, resilience and optimization of digital resources. Farmers’ organizations have a key role to play here. They already provide nearly 80% of the world’s food supply, but their potential is far from being fully exploited.

An enabling environment that facilitates their access to essential resources – finance, inputs, markets, information, technical solutions – becomes essential to strengthen their resilience and improve their production capacity.

Digital technology, with its multiple possibilities, can be a great asset for the development of the agricultural chain and food security.

Between applications, AI, remote sensing, satellite measurements, facilitating data collection and sharing, etc., digital technology is breaking down isolation, revolutionizing the management of agricultural sectors and helping to make agriculture more attractive to young people.

That’s why it’s so important for producers in Africa to get to grips with this increasingly essential tool.

This is the aim of the DigitOP project, which was launched in Côte d’Ivoire on April 29, 2024.

The DigitOP project is led by the consortium Afdi (Agriculteurs Français et Développement International) and AVI (Afrique Verte Internationale) in partnership with Inades-Formation and ROPPA (Réseau des Organisation Paysannes d’Afrique de l’Ouest) and is being implemented in Guinea, Burkina Faso and since April 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire. It is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD).

The project aims to create stronger links between POs and the local digital ecosystem, so that they can participate in innovation processes and ensure that the services offered match farmers’ needs, and contribute to appropriate policies for digitizing agricultural activities.

In his welcome address, Inades-Formation SG Sena Adessou spoke of the growing importance of the digital sector in Côte d’Ivoire. Citing the study “Le numérique vecteur d’une économie émergente” (digital as a vector for an emerging economy), which states that digital could bring Côte d’Ivoire 5.5 billion dollars by the end of 2025. The sector is expanding rapidly, with the number of Internet users rising from 9% to 34% of the population in 10 years.

Mr. Porgo Issoufou, DigitOP/Afdi project coordinator, presented the project’s main activities, which include :

  • carry out a diagnostic study of digital services and players,
  • build the capacity of PO managers in terms of the digital ecosystem, legislation and data protection;
  • organize consultations between POs and political decision-makers on the valorization and scaling-up of ICT in ASPH (Agrosylvopastoral and halieutic) policies
  • experiment with new services and improve existing ones with farmer groups
  • relaunch the SIMAgri platform in Côte d’Ivoire,

There are also plans to deliver digital kits containing agricultural information applications and services, differentiated by need, with training for endogenous PO animators on these kits. Etc.

The project intends to invest in strengthening the human capacities of POs, while paying particular attention to the specific needs of women involved in agricultural sectors and to the attractiveness of agricultural professions for rural youth.

It aims to support farmers’ organizations in their role as actors and creators of content, and to strengthen their role and influence in the digital ecosystem for agriculture.

During the discussions, participants and beneficiaries invited the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Digital Transition and Digitization to work together to make digital a lever for agricultural development in Côte d’Ivoire.

Producer organization representatives also insisted on the profile of the young people and facilitators who will be trained, so that they are players in the agricultural world and in partner POs, to ensure the sustainability of the actions.

The DigitOP project will run for 30 months in Côte d’Ivoire (April 2024 to September 2026) in 20 regions of the country, with the following beneficiaries: PANAFCI (Plateforme Nationale pour l’Agriculture Familiale en Côte d’IvoireI), UIREC (Union Inter-Régionale des Coopératives), FESCOOPP-CI (Fédération nationale des Coopératives de Producteurs de Porcs de Côte d’Ivoire).

By getting involved in the digital transformation of farmers’ organizations, Côte d’Ivoire is embarking on a path of innovative and resilient rural development, where every player, whatever their level of technology, can contribute to collective prosperity.

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ABCD2 project

Projet ABCD-Un élève un arbre COP28

1. Project title

Supporting the scaling-up of community experiences and citizen monitoring of public policies in response to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa (ABCD 2 project)

2. Summary

The project to scale up community experiences and dynamics of citizen monitoring of public policies in the face of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa is the continuation of an initial project to capitalize on these experiences.

In fact, in 2022, with funding from the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (ABCD), Inades-Formation carried out the project “Study-capitalization of best practices in the face of the challenges of climate change and local governance in sub-Saharan Africa “This project capitalized on 50 experiences, including 31 on adaptation to climate change and 19 on governance, in 11 sub-Saharan African countries.

Based on the results of this pilot project, we have been able to identify and capitalize on some of the living realities of community efforts to combat the problems posed by climate change in Africa. They have been developed by a variety of players, including public services specializing in environmental and climate change management, civil society organizations and farmers’ organizations.

This second phase of the project, which will run for 30 months (2022-2024), aims to (i) scale up these good experiences developed by communities in African countries, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and resilience to climate change and of (ii) support the dynamics of citizen monitoring of the associated policy and regulatory frameworks.

3. General objective

Contribute to the fight against global warming, through the large-scale promotion of local experiences and concerted policy measures relating to adaptation, mitigation and resilience mechanisms for vulnerable populations, especially rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

4. Specific objectives

  • Scale up the good experiences developed by communities in African countries, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change.
  • Support the dynamics of citizen monitoring of related policy and regulatory frameworks

5. Completion period: June 2022 to November 2024

6. Project area

The project is being carried out in 11 countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo.

7. Financial partner

Basque Agency for Cooperation and Development (ABCD)

9. Implementation partners

17 local development organizations with projects that will replicate the good experiences capitalized on in phase 1 of the project. They were selected on the basis of the evaluation criteria of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, sustainability and gender equity, following a call for projects launched by Inades-Formation.

List of organizations and their projects



Project title


Burkina Faso


Strengthening women’s resilience to climate change by promoting agroecological practices. Case study of the agroecological farm run by the women of the Union des Groupements Féminins Ce Dwane Nyee (UGF/CDN), Sanguie province, Centre West region, Burkina Faso.


Burkina Faso

Inades-Formation Burkina

Strengthening eco-citizenship through environmental education for pupils in the commune of Arbollé in the northern region of Burkina Faso



Inades-Formation Burundi

Promoting environmental education in schools to tackle climate change




Promotion of Community Initiatives to Protect Common Interest Resources in Cameroon


Côte d’Ivoire


One pupil, one tree to combat coastal erosion and the disappearance of mangroves


DR Congo

UWAKI North Kivu

Projet d’appui à la valorisation des semences paysannes dans les unions de Luofu, Kipese et Lubero en territoire de Lubero au Nord-Kivu / RDC. Inspired by the experience of the Union des groupements Naam de Koumbri in Burkina Faso


DR Congo


Grassroots environmental education to tackle climate change in the Kaziba chiefdom in DR Congo



Inades-Formation Kenya

The scaling up of experiences developed by communities and the dynamics of school-based re-afforestation initiatives to address climate change in Kenya



RECOR Rwanda

Affordable solar pumps for small-scale irrigation, a revolutionary technology to help farmers increase their resilience capacity to climate change issues in Rwanda



Inades-Formation Rwanda

Replication of the practice of grafting fruit trees to increase the resilience of farmers in the Bugesera district to climate change.




Project to promote agro-biodiversity conservation through capacity building and documentation of local seed varieties in Senegal



Inades-Formation Tanzania

Promotion of community seed banks for the conservation of agro-biodiversity through capacity building and documentation of local seed varieties in Kondoa and Chemba Districts of Dodoma Region, Tanzania”.



Inades-Formation Chad

Promotion of seed banks, Scaling up the Seeds Savers Network /Kenya experience




Expand the “One student, one tree” project developed by ACOSYF RD Congo



APAD International Togo

The governance of protected areas: The case of the Agou mountainsides in Togo



Inades-Formation Togo

Continuous and competitive integrated family farming systems for farmer resilience to climate change in Tchamba 2 commune



JVE Togo

Governance of local seed systems among women’s cooperatives in the Assimé classified forest for climate resilience

ACF-AO project

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1. Project title

Feminist Climate Action Project – West Africa ACF-AO

2. Summary

The “Feminist Climate Action in West Africa” project is being implemented in Côte d’Ivoire to contribute effectively to the resilience and fight against the effects of climate change by ecologically sensitive coastal and island communities, with a particular focus on rural women and young people.

It will build the capacity of communities, particularly women and young people, to implement strategies to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, notably through the adoption of agroecological practices, energy diversification and advocacy. It will strengthen the participation of rural women and young people in local governance of biodiversity and climate action.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada | Affaires mondiales Canada, the ACF AO project is taking place in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Togo.

It is managed in Côte d’Ivoire by SUCO and Inades-Formation – Secrétariat Général.

3. Background

Climate change threatens to push nearly a million more Ivorians into extreme poverty, increase the risk of water stress, with more and more regions expected to see more than 10% of their population in water shortage, and increase the resurgence of air- and water-related diseases among susceptible populations (Nationally Determined Contributions, CDN-COTE D’IVOIRE, March 2022). According to the World Bank, by 2050, Côte d’Ivoire will face an average temperature rise of two degrees Celsius, greater rainfall variability and a 30 cm rise in sea level along the coast (World Bank, 2018a).

Climate change affects all development sectors. However, differences between men and women in their relationship with their environment, differences in the composition of economic sectors and unequal access to resources and decision-making will amplify the impacts of climate change on certain categories of the population, including women.

The “Feminist Climate Action in West Africa” project is a response to this reality.

4. General objective

Strengthening climate change adaptation by rural and indigenous women and young people in ecologically sensitive coastal and island regions of Côte d’Ivoire.

5. Specific objectives

  • Increase the influence of rural and indigenous women and young people in climate policy advocacy and in the governance of high-biodiversity ecosystems vulnerable to climate change.
  • Increase the adoption of nature-based solutions such as agroecology, ecosystem and biodiversity protection and restoration, for climate change adaptation, by rural and indigenous women and young people.
  • Strengthen the climate resilience of rural and indigenous women and young people through economic empowerment and energy diversification.

6. Completion date: 2023 - 2026

7. Target audience / beneficiaries: Young people 41% & Rural and indigenous women 59%.

8. Project area

Adiaké, Grand-Bassam, Jacqueville and Grand-Lahou.

9. Project actions

Diagnose the obstacles and facilitating factors for the active participation of target groups in biodiversity and climate management decision-making bodies;

Participatory diagnoses carried out by local authorities on the climatic vulnerability of ecosystems and identification of gender-sensitive adaptation measures and strategies;

Training for rural and indigenous women and young people to strengthen and maintain their participation in decision-making bodies;

Training of beneficiaries on climate and biodiversity conservation policies;

Participating communities receive training in business development, inclusive value chains, cooperative management, and direct marketing.

Village awareness-raising and training workshops on biodiversity-friendly and gender-sensitive mitigation and adaptation measures carried out in participating communities.

Ecosystem management and development plans designed and implemented in participating communities.

Technical and financial support to participating communities for the implementation of climate-resilient agroecological practices (micro-breeding, agroforestry, market gardening, beekeeping and oyster farming); to strengthen access to productive water, agricultural inputs and equipment; for the installation of tree nurseries and reforestation of coastal ecosystems.

Solar and eco-energy equipment for food production, processing and preservation, and training in equipment use and maintenance.

Women and youth networking and advocacy

Support and strengthening of savings and credit systems provided to women’s groups.

10. Technical and financial partners

Project funded by Affaire Mondiale Canada and implemented by INTERPARES, SUCO and their partners, including Inades-Formation – Secrétariat Général pour la Cote d’Ivoire.



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