ECOWAS reflects on funding for the promotion of climate-smart agriculture

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A meeting of experts from five countries namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Togo was organized Tuesday and Wednesday in Lomé to reflect on the establishment of the fund for financing a promotion project of climate-smart agriculture in West Africa.
The meeting was organized in collaboration with the West African Development Bank (BOAD), the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
The project to promote climate-smart agriculture in the fifteen ECOWAS countries is estimated at 14 million dollars which will be mobilized in the form of donations.
It aims to disseminate climate change-friendly technologies in the ECOWAS region and should help countries to deal with climate and agricultural issues in a sensible way.
The project will help reduce the vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate risks in countries in this part of Africa.
According to André Johnson, Togolese Minister of Environment and Forest Resources "If the climate goes bad, agriculture is going badly. That's why this project could help agriculture adapt to everything that happens in the environment. "
It should be noted that in the ECOWAS area, the practice of agriculture is mostly in keeping with the rainy seasons which are increasingly disturbed by climate change. It is also noted that some secular agricultural practices in countries in the region have adverse effects on the climate.
As a reminder, the Heads of State of ECOWAS and UEMOA opted in June 2015 in Bamako, Mali, for the promotion of climate-smart agriculture in West Africa. This choice is included in the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan and the Climate and Environment Strategy of the West African Development Bank (BOAD), one of West Africa's leading financial institutions.

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