From 17 to 20 February 2016 was held at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation in Yamoussoukro, the 1st Edition of the International Congress of the Ivorian Association for Agronomic Sciences (Aisa) on the theme: “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Africa: transfer of knowledge. ” This conference, under the chairmanship of Ms. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ly Ramah was to create a framework for meetings between researchers, agricultural organizations and policy makers in African countries.
When the closing ceremony of the congress Friday, February 22, 2016, Dr. Kady Traore, president of the scientific Committee of this platform, presented the recommendations of the delegates to the various African governments. These are among other things, the adoption of a law on the programming of research, modernization of agriculture (water control and processing of agricultural products), increasing the research budget, which currently is 0.5% to 1% as recommended by international agreements and the implementation of integrated land management programs, while promoting the creation of exploiting the results of research agencies.In addition, delegates asked the country to break, between them, the institutional barriers in order to reach the centers of excellence in the shortest possible time.Anything that will optimize the use of the national potential for agricultural research.In addition to these recommendations, delegates urged African countries to strengthen reforestation and research programs on the environment and involve NGOs in the state structures for public awareness on forest protection. Which will lead, according to them, with a valuation of non-timber forest products. In their view, if Africa does not suffer the ravages of climate change, it is now that these leaders must make broad dissemination of international conventions and agreements on the environment (carbon fund, Cop 21, adoption Fund ) by raising awareness of local stakeholders to environmental issues. However, the livestock sector has not escaped the observations of delegates. They advised governments to implement the strategic plan on animal production, to develop a policy to support small farmers, to promote non-conventional farms and create a fishing and aquaculture sector in agricultural schools.
Remember that these recommendations will be delivered on short notice to Ms. Minister of Higher Education and scientific Research, Ly Ramah. special envoy MB in Yamoussoukro