- 17 Oct 2017Members:Body:At the initiative of the UEMOA Commission and several West African research institutes, researchers from the eight UEMOA member countries gathered from 25-28 September in Dakar. They brainstormed together on how to better integrate West African expertise into policy making. The three-day workshop covered several themes. A special focus was placed on food security and how to improve smallholder farmers’ access to seeds and inputs, how to improve intra-community agricultural trade, and how to generate jobs for the youth.
- 01 Oct 2017Country:Body:On 1 October, Nigeria celebrated its 57th Independence Day. On this occasion, President Buhari, present after his long absence this summer because of poor health, paid tribute to the country’s military in Maiduguri and commended the military’s efforts fighting Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. In his 2017 State of the Nation Address, Buhari evaluated the government’s actions over the past two years. Nigeria’s three top priorities remain security, economic recovery and the fight against corruption.
- 08 Sep 2017Country:Body:The 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) was held from 4 to 8 September in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Established in 2010, the forum brings together international and African experts on African agricultural issues to exchange ideas and design new action plans for the Green Revolution in Africa. This year’s theme was: Accelerating the path to prosperity: Growing inclusive economies and jobs through agriculture.
- 05 Sep 2017Country:Body:China announced it will loan Guinea USD 20 billion to support infrastructure development in the country over the next 20 years. In turn, the Guinean government granted several mining concessions to Chinese companies, including for the bauxite mines in northern Guinea.
- SWAC:Body:Seven West African countries — Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo, are among the 20 most visa-open countries in Africa. Togo is the best-ranked West African country (position 3) on the 2016 Africa Visa Openness Index, produced by the African Development Bank.
- 13 Jun 2017Body:
On 12-13 June, the government of Germany organised an international conference on the topic of “G20-Africa Partnership - Investing in a Common Future.” The high-level conference gathered about 800 participants in Berlin, Germany, including presidents from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Senegal. The debate focused on the three pillars of the G20-Africa Partnership: 1) to improve inclusive economic growth and employment; 2) to develop quality infrastructure, especially in the energy sector; and 3) to strengthen the framework for private finance and investment in Africa.
- 26 May 2017Topics:Body:The African Development Bank annual meetings hosted the release of the 16th edition of the African Economic Outlook. Besides the statistics and the notes on the 54 African countries, this year the report addresses the special theme -- Entrepreneurship and Industrialisation in Africa -- highlighting the high, untapped potential for African entrepreneurship.
- 27 Apr 2017Country:Body:Over 200 young people gathered at the first African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) forum that took place in Ibadan, Nigeria from 25 to 26 April 2017. Organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and partners, the forum served as a platform to promote skills, creativity and innovativeness in agribusiness. It offered many opportunities for networking among young entrepreneurs and key stakeholders.
- 31 Mar 2017Country:RPCA:Body:Simone Zoundi, created the Sodepal company in the 1970s in Ouagadougou and has lived a life dedicated to the promotion of agro-food chains in support of local and regional development. From the very beginning, she invested in local production and developed her company, which today distributes cookies, fortified flour and many other products across the country. She now has plans to expand her business and share her experience with other West African countries.
- 20 Mar 2017Topics:SWAC:Body:“Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa” was the topic of a Brussels Briefing organised on 20 March by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), BMZ/GIZ and partners. Thomas Allen, from the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) participated in a panel discussion on rural transformation and job creation. His presentation argued that although the farming sector will continue to provide the most jobs, labour is increasingly moving out of farming, requiring people to develop different skills.