Organisers and partners

  • West Africa

The conference is organised by CTA, ROPPA, ROAC and AFRACA under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture of Burkina Faso, under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and in collaboration with the West Africa Trade Hub/USAID, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD), the Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

CTA is a joint international institution of the ACP and the EU. Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture.

CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA Web site


West Africa Farmers organisation Network (ROPPA)

ROPPA is an initiative of farmers' organisations and agricultural producers in West Africa. It includes 13 national farmers' organisations (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) and two associate national farmers' organisations (Cape Verde and Nigeria).

Founded in 2000, ROPPA promotes and defends sustainable and competitive farming practices for the advancement of peasant-led agricultural production, builds solidarity between peasant producers of the region and encourages the implementation of appropriate agriculture and rural development policies and programmes.

ROPPA Web site


West African Grain Network (WAGN)

ROAC-WAGN is a regional interprofessional cereal network formed in 2013. It brings together the diverse value chain actors of the cereal sectors of nine countries of West Africa.

With its network of private actors and its vocation to promote the competitiveness of the West African cereal sector, WAGN is a strategic actor for the implementation of the various public policies in the agricultural, commercial and industrial sectors of the region. More specifically, in the Support Project for Food Security Storage in West Africa.

WAGN Web site (in French)
WAGN Blogspot 


African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA)

AFRACA is a regional association of central banks, commercial banks, agricultural banks, micro-finance institutions and national programmes dealing with agricultural and rural finance in Africa. The vision of the association is a rural Africa where people have access to sustainable financial services for economic development.

AFRACA was established in 1977 alongside similar institutions across the globe as a lead advocate and coordinator of rural and agricultural finance in their respective regions. The AFRACA secretariat is based in Nairobi, Kenya where it was registered under the NGOs Coordination Act in 1981 and received diplomatic status in 2003.

AFRACA Web site


Under the patronage of the

Ministry of Agriculture of Burkina Faso

Web site of the Ministry  


Under the auspices of sub-regional institutions

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

ECOWAS is a regional group of fifteen West African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo. Founded in 1975, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region.

Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, ECOWAS was set up to foster the ideal of collective self-sufficiency for its member states. As a trading union, it is also meant to create a single, large trading bloc through economic cooperation. The vision of ECOWAS is the creation of a borderless region where the population has access to its abundant resources and is able to exploit same through the creation of opportunities under a sustainable environment. 

ECOWAS Web site


West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)

UEMOA is an organisation of eight, mainly francophone West African states within the ECOWAS. It was established in 1994 by the Heads of State and Government of seven West African countries using the CFA Franc in common. The Member States are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

One of its objectives is to create a common market among the member States, based on the free movement of persons, goods, services, and capital, the right of establishment of self-employed or salaried persons, as well as a common external tariff and common market policy.

UEMOA Web site


In collaboration with partner organisations involved in West African agricultural policies 

USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

USAID/West Africa’s Trade and Investment Hub (also known as the Trade Hub) helps the region’s farmers and firms compete, attract investment, and boost trade. The Trade Hub does this by strengthening the competitive capacity of West Africa’s farmers and firms in high-potential regional and global value chains, while also addressing transport constraints and barriers along the region’s trade corridors and borders. To expand access to finance and investment in our target value chains, the Trade Hub facilitates relationships between businesses and financial institutions.

Trade Hub Web site


Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

AGRA is an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent. AGRA’s vision is that Africa can feed itself and the world. For nearly 10 years, AGRA’s work across 18 countries was focused on distinct problems related to seed production, soil health, and agriculture markets that were so profound and had been neglected for so long that they required a concentrated effort to resolve.

All of AGRA’s work is conducted through partnerships - with farmers, farmer organisations, community leaders, agricultural researchers, national and local governments, businesses, civil society groups, philanthropies, international organisations and donor countries.

AGRA's Web site


The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD)

The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) is an international platform for policy dialogue and analysis devoted to regional issues in West Africa. Its mission is to enhance the effectiveness of regional action in the common and interdependent area composed of the 17 countries of ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS. Created in 1976, it is the only international entity entirely dedicated to regional co-operation in Africa.

Some 100 stakeholders participate in the SWAC platform: governments of West African countries and OECD member countries, regional organisations, professional associations and civil society groups, bi- and multi-lateral development partners and research centres. Under the guidance of its members, the SWAC secretariat provides factual, innovative and forward-looking analysis; facilitates dialogue, information-sharing and consensus-building; and formulates policy recommendations. Based at the OECD, the secretariat helps ensure West Africa’s presence in global fora. 

SWAC Web site


Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)

The Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) was established in 1973 in the aftermath of the great droughts that hit the Sahel in the 1970s. It now comprises thirteen Member States including 8 coastal States (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo); 4 landlocked States (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad) and 1 island state (Cape Verde).

The mandate or general objective guiding CILSS's action is to invest in the search for food security and in the fight against the effects of drought and desertification, for a new ecological balance in the Sahel.

CILSS Web site


European Union (EU)

The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas, from climate, environment and health to external relations and security, justice and migration. A name change from the European Economic Community (EEC) to the European Union (EU) in 1993 reflected this.

The EU is based on the rule of law: everything it does is founded on treaties, voluntarily and democratically agreed by its member countries. The EU is also governed by the principle of representative democracy, with citizens directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament and Member States represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU.

EU Web site 


African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EU Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.

ACP Web site