INTERVIEW: Inades-Formation stakeholder in the project “Coastal Fisheries Initiative in West Africa”: Mr. Alphonse Kouamé tells us more


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Since June 2022, Inades-Formation has been involved in the “West African Coastal Fisheries Initiative /WACFI” project. When asked, Mr. Alphonse Kouamé, Food System Project Manager at Inades-Formation and coordinator of the service, tells us what this project consists of.

Inades-Formation is a stakeholder in the project “Coastal Fisheries Initiative in West Africa /IPC-AO”, can you tell us what this project consists of? and what are its objectives?

Mr. Kouamé: Since 2019, FAO has been implementing the Coastal Fisheries Initiative in West Africa (CFI-WA) project. It is a project aimed at preserving marine resources and ensuring that coastal fisheries can continue to play their crucial role in society, contributing to food security and economic and social development. IPC-AO provides practical support to coastal fisheries in three (3) West African countries, namely Cape Verde, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.

In Côte d’Ivoire, two pilot sites have been selected: Abidjan (Locodjro) and Sassandra, where some of the project activities are being carried out.

It is in this context that the FAO has pooled its efforts with Inades-Formation in order to develop and strengthen the capacities of the actors of the artisanal fisheries sector in areas related to the management of fishing activities.

What is the mission of Inades-Formation in this project?

Mr. Kouamé: The mission of Inades-Formation in this project is to strengthen the capacities of the actors of the artisanal fisheries sector in various fields, in Sassandra (Editor’s note: Sassandra is a coastal town of Côte d’Ivoire located 299km west of Abidjan) and in Locodjro (Editor’s note: Locodjro is a town located 299km west of Abidjan). Locodjro is a village located in the commune of Attécoubé (Abidjan), in Côte d’Ivoire.

Concretely, Inades-Formation will have to carry out three (03) main actions First, six (06) training modules will be developed on the themes of governance, entrepreneurship, simplified accounting, mobilization of financial resources and access to markets, the ecosystem approach to fisheries and the voluntary guidelines on artisanal fishing. 

Then, Inades-Formation will have to organize and conduct two (02) different series of training workshops for the targeted actors starting in October in Locodjro and Sassandra. And finally, Inades-Formation will have to do a post-training follow-up and coaching of the trained actors.

How many people will be trained by Inades-Formation?

Mr. Kouamé: The targeted beneficiaries, numbering 175, are located in the area of Abidjan (Locodjro) and Sassandra and are composed of fishermen, fishmongers, processors mainly and other actors including butchers and shippers.

What will this project bring to the beneficiary groups?

Mr. Kouamé: In terms of results to be achieved at the end of this capacity building program, the actors of artisanal fisheries will be equipped in terms of entrepreneurship development and will have a better knowledge of organizational and financial management tools of their activities. Women fishers and processors will have strengthened their capacities in leadership and good processing practices.

In addition, these fisheries actors will have a better understanding of the levers for sustainable access to local and regional markets as well as techniques for mobilizing financial resources.

Two preparatory missions have been carried out in Abidjan and Sassandra, so what is the next step in the program?

Mr. Kouamé: These two preparatory missions aimed to make contact with the local actors of the IPC-AO project in Locodjro and Sassandra and to prepare the next steps of the upcoming training sessions.

These preparatory missions made it possible to reconcile the training needs of the targeted actors with the capacity building plan established within the framework of the IPC-AO project. The arrangements for the practical organization of the training workshops were agreed upon with the managers of the two landing sites and the targeted stakeholders.

These missions also allowed the Inades-Formation team to better understand the issues and the functioning of the artisanal fisheries value chains in Côte d’Ivoire.

The next step of the program will be to implement the capacity building plan for artisanal fisheries actors, developed by Inades-Formation and agreed with the IPC-AO project.

How long will Inades-Formation’s intervention last?

Mr. Kouamé: The intervention of Inades-Formation will last 6 months, from June to December 2022.

Interview conducted by Marcelle Moroh – Communication General Secretariat

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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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