New CILSS graduates
On 30 August, the CILSS Agrhymet Regional Centre celebrated the fourth edition of its master’s programme in food and nutrition security. Twenty-five students, including four women, graduated in Niamey, Niger. The ceremony was chaired by acting administrator Samba Ly Souleymane. The majority of students benefitted from a scholarship within the ECOWAS-sponsored Support Program for Food and Nutrition Security in West Africa (PASANAO). They are likely to work in national and regional administrations or support private businesses in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. For nearly 40 years, CILSS has been instrumental in training food security experts who “speak the same technical language.” More than 1 000 experts have been trained across West Africa since the creation of the Agrhymet Regional Centre in 1974.