Third edition of the Assises sur le foncier en Côte d’Ivoire: violent extremism at the heart of the debate


Partager cet article

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email

From December 14 to 15, 2022, the members of the ALERTE-Foncier platform held, for the third consecutive year, the national conference on rural land in Côte d’Ivoire. The activity took place at the space Latrille Events located in Abidjan -II Plateaux and allowed participants to exchange on violent extremism in connection with land exploitation.

The 3rd edition of the conference on rural land tenure in Côte d’Ivoire was organized by ALERTE-Foncier in partnership with Inades-Formation, the Laboratoire Juridique du foncier de l’Université Alassane Ouattara (LAJFO-UAO) and the Agence Foncière Rurale (AFOR).

The spectre of violent extremism is growing in Côte d’Ivoire, as evidenced by previous incidents. This is why the ALERTE-Foncier platform wished to open a citizen debate on the problems and dynamics of rural land in relation to the expansion of violent extremism, in all their diversity, to decompartmentalize them and to associate them with the national issues of social cohesion in order to help the political authorities to better provide solutions to the question.

This 2022 edition of the conference on rural land in Côte d’Ivoire, which lasted from 14 to 15 December, had as its theme “Violent extremism and land exploitation”.

The results of this inclusive reflection will be addressed to the Ivorian authorities who are working to achieve social and sustainable peace, particularly in rural areas.

Various institutional and non-institutional actors took part in these meetings, including representatives of the Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; the Ministry of State, Ministry of Defense; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Justice; the AFOR; the Mayor of Cocody; traditional chiefs; teacher-researchers, including those of LAJFO; and representatives of various civil society organizations.

The opening speeches showing the relevance of the choice of the theme

At the beginning of the meeting, during the opening ceremony, Mr. BARIDOMO Pascal, Advocacy Officer at Inades-Formation, representing the Secretary General of Inades-Formation, thanked the different partners and institutions associated and participating in this meeting as well as the participants.

He presented the relevance of the theme chosen for these meetings, emphasizing the international context and its geopolitical character in relation to the land and resources that is found there. In his remarks, he argued that “the phenomenon of violent extremism has become a global concern in a few years… this phenomenon is now linked to access to land and natural resources. Thus, in all states, the question of access to land and resources has become a real sociological and political powder keg, because of the major stakes it represents for the economy, housing, agriculture, livestock, pastoralism, forestry, water resources, mines, etc. “.

Following him, Mrs. Aline AKA-LAMARCHE, Director of LAJFO and co-organizer of the event, raised the land issues in relation to extremism which she describes as a struggle for the conquest of power. She went on to say that the context of poverty of the populations puts them in a situation of vulnerability and fragility in the face of the expansion of extremism. Finally, it invites the public authorities to go beyond the decisions, to take actions to remove this phenomenon from the Ivorian borders.

Mr. N’GUESSAN Koffi Rodrigue, representative of the Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MEMINADER), recognized, for his part, that rural land, given the strong pressure on it and the violence that ensues, is a breeding ground for violent extremism in Côte d’Ivoire. This area represents nearly 70% of the national territory and with 8576 villages and about 50% of the Ivorian population. It is therefore the duty of the MEMINADER to make this sterile ground for terrorism. This requires the fight against poverty in rural areas and the securing of rural land.

Panels with experts to strengthen the understanding of the phenomenon of violent extremism and its relationship to land

The two days of the conference were filled with panels and presentations on several subtopics. In total, an inaugural presentation and 5 panels allowed participants to better understand the contours and implications of violent extremism.

In his inaugural presentation on the theme “Violent extremism and territorial occupation: from ideology to the geopolitics of living space”, Dr. FLAN MOQUET, teacher-researcher at Alassane Ouattara University, proceeded to a conceptual clarification; the description of the process of radicalization; the presentation of the ideology; the geopolitics of living space; and the impacts of violent extremism on land.

Violent extremism is linked to other words, notably that of radicalization, which is the fact of basing an individual’s behavior on certain beliefs, certain values. It is the process by which an individual eventually engages in violent behavior based on religious, ethnic, political, etc. motives.

Panels, moderated by prominent panelists, addressed the following issues related to violent extremism and land management: “The public policy responses to violent extremism; the socio-spatial dynamics of the phenomenon “; the stakes involved in controlling land and mining resources; the means of action and the risks.

Testimonies of village leaders, victims of violent extremism, were also shared.

It should be noted that the first part of the conference consisted of forums in the regions of the country to collect the opinions, testimonies and proposals of rural populations. These forums took place in the localities along the Burkina Faso-Côte d’Ivoire border: the departments of Tehini in the BOUNKANI region, Kong in the TCHOLOGO region and in the localities along the Mali-Côte d’Ivoire border: Tingrela in the PORO region, the BAGOUE region and Bouaké, in the GBEKE region

The synthesis of these forums was presented in the special panel before moving on to the exchanges on the technical content to be submitted to the competent authorities.

From these meetings, various proposals and recommendations were made to the different actors at the security, economic and social levels to counter violent extremism and its causes.

The participants congratulated the organizers for these meetings which allowed them to learn a lot about violent extremism and land management in Côte d’Ivoire. They urged the government to take into account the various recommendations.


Continuez votre lecture...

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

WhatsApp Image 2023-08-24 at 15.13.12

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.



Serving the Common Good


Inades-Formation thanks you for your support for its actions of economic and social development in favor of the rural world.

Your donation will be forwarded to the recipient you have chosen.

Follow us by subscribing to our newsletters.

Serving the Common Good


1. What is it?

The African Rural Development Fund (ARDF) was established on July 23, 1997 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, following the realization that Africa’s development can only be achieved through self-financing.

FondAfrica is an appeal to public generosity through collection actions from natural and legal persons.

2. Why make a donation?

FondAfrica is a particular instrument of Inades-Formation’s financing strategy. FondAfrica a formulé sa vision à moyen terme ainsi qu’il suit « In 10 years, thanks to the income from the funds collected by Fondafrica, Inades-Formation will have increased its self-financing capacity for services rendered to the African rural world to 40 % ».

Do you want to support Inades-Formation in its economic and social development actions for the rural world? If so, then take action through FondAfrica by making a donation.