December 04, 2022
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CSIR, eight West African Countries' Communication Experts from Agricultural Research Institutions form Community of Practice (CoP)

The participants listening with rapt attention at the workshop held in Dakar, Senegal The participants listening with rapt attention at the workshop held in Dakar, Senegal
  • CoP is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals.
  • In many organisations, communities of practice have become an integral part of the structure of an organisation.

Communication experts from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and eight West African countries have formed a Community of Practice (CoP) to discuss agri-tech related issues, share their challenges and learn from each other. 


The eight West African countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Niger.

At a workshop held from May 25 to 27, 2021 at Dakar, Senegal by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) to train communication experts from the National Research Systems (NARS), Dr. Abdullai Jalloh, Director of Research and Innovation at CORAF, thanked the participants for going as far as forming the CoP.

He congratulated the leaders who were elected to represent the Anglophone and Francophone West African countries respectively.

For Mr. David Akana, the Communication and Marketing Manager of CORAF, he expressed a strong belief that the CoP would grow to include NARS from all the twenty three (23) West and Central African countries.

Meanwhile, Ms. Benedicta Nkrumah-Boateng, the Head of Corporate Affairs of CSIR, was elected to lead and coordinate activities of the CoP for the Anglophone countries of NARS.

Speaking at the workshop, she said “public perception that science is difficult to understand makes the communication of agricultural technology challenging”.

Ms. Nkrumah-Boateng mentioned that CSIR has started the implementation of the ‘CSIR re-branding and visibility improvement’ strategy, one of the four strategic pillars under its new five year (2021-2025) strategic plan.

She listed the remaining pillars as private sector driven research and development (R & D) and technological innovation, financial resource mobilization and systems & staff performance improvement.

The workshop was also used to present a revived Market to Agricultural Innovations and Technologies (MITA) platform, a digital platform for accessing agricultural technological information.  MITA is meant to bridge the gap between research users, promoters and those involved in the generation or transfer of technologies to stimulate demand.

“MITA is to promote the discovery of improved technologies and to facilitate exchanges and purchase-sale transactions between promoters and users of improved technologies”, Dr. Caroline Makanto Sogbui, a technology scaling expert at the workshop said.

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR

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