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25-27 Nov: West African Workshop on Research by & with Smallholders/ 28-29 Nov: West Africa Farmer Innovation Fair

A West African Workshop on Approaches to Research by and with Smallholder Farmers and a West Africa Farmer Innovation Fair (FIPAO in French: Foire de l’Innovation Paysanne en l’Afrique de l’Ouest) will be organised in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, framed in the International Year of Family Farming (2014) and the International Farmer Innovation Day (29 November each year). The fair follows along the lines of the successful experience of the Eastern Africa Farmer Innovation Fair held in Nairobi in May 2013 (see

The learning-and-sharing workshop will involve primarily staff from field-based organisations facilitating farmer-led research in francophone West Africa. It will distil key policy messages about research and development and share these with farmers and policymakers at the fair. The fair will highlight the importance of farmer-led innovation in agricultural development, celebrate farmer creativity and bring formal researchers, policymakers and the public in contact with West African farmer innovators. It will provide an opportunity for the workshop participants to engage with innovators.



Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Niger, (north) Benin, (north) Togo & (north) Cameroon


Preparations started in late 2013; workshop 25-27 Nov and fair 28-29 Nov 2014


Prolinnova/PROFEIS & Misereor partners in West Africa (WA), members of McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) Community of Practice (CoP) in WA, WA regional group of CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security), CORAF (West & Central African Council for Agricultural Research & Development) and APF (Agri-ProFocus)


Agri-ProFocus, CCAFS WA, McKnight Foundation (USA), Misereor (Germany), SDC (Switzerland)

Contact person in NL

Contact person in BF

Gabriela Quiroga Gilardoni, Prolinnova c/o ETC Foundation (

Arsène Konate, INADES-Formation (