Development of a national capacity for rural innovation in Burkina Faso
Context and objectives
Partnership with IFDC 1000+Activities in Burkina Faso planned through the IFDC 1000+ Project (see IFDC CASE, and the individual pages for Ghana, Benin, and Mali) started in June 2006, based on the GIFS Project(Gestion Intégrée de la Fertilité des Sols) and a partnership with various conventional and State agricultural R&D institutions. Three agricultural business hubs are included: maize, cowpea and groundnut.
This project aims at building capacity of community organizations and extending partnerships to less "conventional" ones more involved upstream and downstream market chains. It also helped the implementation of "committees" within the three commodities and established dialogue with the donors and input providers.
The Agrinovia programmeThe AGRINOVIA programme is an inter-university partnership for strengthening capacities to support innovation and links the University of Ouagadougou (UO) with universities in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland, as well as with ICRA. The partnership aims at building capacity of professionals and students in rural innovation at the university of Ouagadougou. Five main partners are involved in organising the AGRINOVIA training programmes: the University of Ouagadougou, SUPAGRO Montpellier (France), IFAD, Inter-Mondes ASBL (Belgium), and ICRA. Partners from Niger, Senegal, Mali and Switzerland will have key roles in the development of the programmes.
ICRA participated in a design workshop for a pilot learning programme at the UO and will play a leading role in a block of modules on innovation partnerships. The course is meant to lead to a full fledged regional Master’s course hosted by a University in Francophone West Africa, presumably Ouagadougou. The pilot learning programme took off on 5 October 2009 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and was completed in June 2012, with the graduation of 18 students from 4 countries.
The second course started in October 2012. Together with contributing to the design of the course, ICRA has been mandated to design and lead 2 modules (Partnership building and Value Chain Analysis, which Nour Sellamna facilitated in December 2011) and to coach students.
ICRA is involved in the implementation of the second Agrinovia course in 2012 - 2013 as well. This course has 16 students, from Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. The Universities of Züric and Louvain, and SupAgro left the prject because of lack of funds. The University of Roma 3 is still participating. Southern partners still involved in teaching are the Universiteis of Lomé, Cotonou, Niamey and Korogho.
The 3rd master course will start end of 2013.
Achievements in Partnership with IFDC 1000+
International Fertilizer Development Center, Africa Division (IFDC-A)
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Open for registration3rd Agrinovia Internat. Master
INNOVATION ET DEVELOPPEMENT EN MILIEU RURAL, apprendre à innover en partenariat
Period: 01/10/13 till 31/05/14. Place: University of Ouagadougou
Application deadline: 31 May 2013