Biovision Africa Trust Holds the West Africa Key Stakeholders Workshop for the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in Cotonou, Benin.

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) as an Executing Agency of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa is hosting the second 5-day workshop for 40 participants from Western Africa (Nigeria, Mali, Senegal and Benin) from 13th -17th August, 2018 at the Riviera Hotel, Cotonou, Benin. This follows a successful recent workshop held in Machakos, Kenya for partners and stakeholders from Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania).

In his welcome remarks Professor Simplice Davo Vodouhe, from the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Cotonou, thanked the participants for coming and hoped the opportunity would provide a productive and engaging session with the West African partners to share experiences and learn from each other. Mr. Bokonon Ganta Aimé, the Chair of the Benin EOA National Steering Committee welcomed the participants too to Benin and to the workshop and looked forward to a successful workshop.

Dr. David Amudavi the Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) also gave his opening remarks and was glad to see good representation from the participating West African countries (Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Benin) of EOA Initiative. Dr. Amudavi underscored the importance of the workshop, as an opportunity for the participants to validate findings of the Organizational and partner Capacity Assessment(OCA) report and the External Evaluation Report(EER).  He informed the participants that the two final reports to be presented by the consultants together with feedback from the EOA Continental Steering Committee and the donors of the initiative, would provide valuable inputs for planning for the preparation of the grand proposal for support by the Swiss Government through its agency, the Swiss Development Cooperation, in the next phase of four years. Among the issues raised for consideration in the next phase are the need for establishing an effective robust monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework to allow for impact generation and lessons for learning and running a competitive granting system to improve efficiency in project implementation.

Dr. Amudavi thanked the participants for creating time to attend the workshop and looked forward to a productive and fruitful meeting. The BvAT ED was accompanied by Venancia Wambua, the EOA Project Manager, Alex Mutungi the EOA Continental Secretariat Coordinator, Robert Nyikuli the Finance Manager and Wevine Bichanga the Grants and Resource Mobilization Officer.

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