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Improving strategic information flow nationally

June 12, 2014

With its project devoted to "Linking the collection and analysis of CAADP data with national systems via ReSAKSS", the CTA is committed to improving national systems for strategic analysis and knowledge management in West Africa.

The effective implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) requires a significant volume of knowledge, data and analysis. Within this NEPAD programme, regional knowledge platforms (ReSAKSS) have been set up to produce and disseminate knowledge, facilitate dialogue and reciprocal learning. Until now, however, these platforms did not have a national equivalent. The CTA is to support their creation, via two main stakeholder groups: the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency and the regional producer organisations involved in the CAADP. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is an initial partner and the project will be implemented in 6 pilot countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Togo, with the support of the IFAD and the Dutch government, in close collaboration with the West African regional platform (ReSAKSS WA).

Well-trained, independent information managers and producers

In the six pilot countries, the CTA will support the development of national websites, which will be knowledge- and data-sharing platforms and will support the implementation of national agricultural investment plans. The project is focused on web-editing training, from supervising production (training of trainers) to producing articles. A web-editing training workshop has already been organised in Ghana.

Appropriation and links with the ECOWAS

The production of content will focus on ensuring genuine stakeholder knowledge appropriation, with partnerships and joint content being planned to ensure the relevance of content.

The ECOWAS is currently putting in place an agricultural information system (ECOAGRIS) which is intended to become an active tool for monitoring agriculture in West Africa. ECOAGRIS, which has already been launched in 7 member countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal), will be the focal point of the national SAKKSS. Dedicated intranets will be devoted to themes such as famine and early warning systems, agricultural production, markets, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture, research and agricultural inputs.