Renewed cooperation on agricultural research, appraisals and training is the objective of a general agreement between CIRAD and Ivory Coast, signed on 2 March by CIRAD President Managing Director Michel Eddi and Ivorian Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly.
This renewed partnership will centre on:
- food safety, with a contribution to establishing a specific structure;
- oil palm varietal improvement and seed production;
- plantain banana, in terms of plantlet production;
- pineapple growing, with the launch of a study to identify the problems associated with the crop;
- mango, with regard to improving quality;
- cocoa, with the extension of the study to map soil fertility in the Savannah zone of Ivory Coast;
- rice growing, with the launch of CIRAD-CNRA-AfricaRice-Office National de Développement de la Riziculture (ONDR) collaboration.
Michel Eddi: “This agreement is the sign of a strong partnership dynamic and of a resumption of collaboration, which had been halted due to the situation in the country. I am keen for our researchers to return our partners in Ivory Coast very shortly, to work on agricultural development priorities. “
The signature, which confirms the resumption of operations in partnership between CIRAD and Ivory Coast, follows on from three previous general agreements signed with Ivorian institutions:
- in April 2015, with the Fonds interprofessionnel pour la recherche et le conseil agricoles (FIRCA)
- in July 2014, with the Centre national de la recherche agronomique (CNRA)
- in 2012, with the Institut national polytechnique Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB) in Yamoussoukro, where socio economics researcher, François Ruf has since been based.