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Agroecological transitions in Africa: the conditions for success




9:00 am - 9:15 am

Presentation of the Summit


  • Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin (President - CEO Cirad)

  • Anne-Lucie Wack (General Director of Institut Agro)

9:15 - 9:30

  • Nadine Andrieu (Cirad)

9:45 - 11:00


Training / capacity building / training differently (market place)

1 - Focus Agricultural advisory systems

  • Patrice Djamen , Cirad, UMR Innovation

  • Teatske Bakker (CIRAD)

2 - Focus Agricultural and rural training systems: 


  • Khalid Belarbi (IRC - Institut Agro)

  • Abdoulaye Yéyé (FAR network)

  • Pierre Blaise Ango (FAR and AFOP network)

  • Diégane Diouf , Professor at Siné Saloum El Hadj Ibrahima Niass University (USSEIN)

3- Focus Higher education system:


  • Stéphane de Tourdonnet (Agro Institute),

  • Diégane Diouf (USSEIN)

11:30 am - 3:00 pm


Co-production of useful knowledge for action (videos, round table, testimonials)


11:00 am -11:05 am 

Introduction of the session with Ahmadou Sow (Cirad)

11:05 am - 11:30 am 

Emblematic cases of co-construction of agroecological solutions
(broadcast of 3 videos)
• Anti-insect nets for the protection of small vegetable crops
• Agroecology in Senegal
• Agroecology in the Maghreb

11:30 am-12:30pm

Action research with farmers, in the context of farms
agriculture with their constraints (
risks, cash flow, working time, etc.)

Host: Amar Imache


  • Emmanuel Sekloka (IRC Benin)

  • Lalaina Ranaivoson (FOFIFA)

  • Anne Périnelle (CIRAD)

  • Tatiana Wade (IRD)

  • Ahmadou Sow (CIRAD)

14:00 - 15:00

Agroecology, a growing place in CGIAR's work in Africa

Presentation of the CGIAR initiative on agroecology in Africa


Marcela Quintero (Alliance) - in English

Presentation of the Viability project funded by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs 

Speaker: Bori Wolde (IMWI) - in English  


Presentation: “When does diversifying farming systems benefit both biodiversity and yields? Evidence from Africa ” 

Speakers: Sarah Jones (Alliance) - in English

All conferences can be accessed remotely (after registration)

The experts

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Amar Imache, moderator

An agronomist by training, Amar Imache has been working since 2009 in a cooperative company specializing in consultation engineering with multidisciplinary research teams. It works to create bridges between research and society through the design and implementation of participatory approaches.

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Anne-Cécile Bras,
round table moderator

Journalist for 20 years, Anne-Cécile Bras has hosted since 2009 “C'est pas du vent! », The RFI environment program. 50 minutes twice a week to decipher with guests and reports how humanity takes up its greatest challenge: learning to live harmoniously on a planet with limited resources.

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Patrice Djamen

Patrice Djamen is a researcher at CIRAD within UMR Innovation. Its work focuses on the renewal of agricultural advice to facilitate agroecological transitions. He participates in the piloting of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS)

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Diégane Diouf

Diégane Diouf is a professor at Siné Saloum El Hadj Ibrahima Niass University (USSEIN). His research focuses on agroecology, biodiversity and environmental microbiology, in particular for the analysis of the effects of environmental stresses on crops in Senegal.

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Anne Perinelle

Holder of a doctorate in agronomy, Anne Périnelle is an agronomist researcher specializing in the co-design of sustainable cropping systems, and more particularly rice systems, at the Aïda UPR of CIRAD. In 2021, she defends her thesis on “Co-design of innovative cropping systems with two village communities in Burkina Faso, articulation between tracking innovations, participatory prototyping and peasant experiments”. Since 2017, Anne has been part of the IDEAS network working on design and innovations in agricultural and food systems, a multidisciplinary network that was created at the initiative of INRAE and AgroParisTech in 2016.

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Emmanuel Sekloka

Emmanuel SEKLOKA is an agricultural engineer (University of Abomey Calavi) and a doctorate in agricultural sciences (Agro-Campus Rennes). He heads the Beninese Cotton Research Institute (IRC) while teaching genetics and plant breeding at the University of Parakou. He coordinates the Research Development component of the project on Agroecological Transition in the Cotton Zone in Benin (TAZCO-2) and is involved in several projects such as “Fertipro”, “C4 Brazil + Togo” and “One Health”. His research work focuses on cotton and fonio, the refinement of selection strategies and genotype x environment interactions.

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Ahmadou Sow

Ahmadou Sow is a doctor in ecology. He is interested in the tri-trophic interactions (pests-parasitoids-predators) between arthropod and vertebrate species, but also in the elements of the landscape which make it possible to reduce the incidence of pests and the associated yield losses, by strengthening the processes of regulation by natural enemies. He is a post-doctoral fellow at CIRAD within the Aïda unit, funded by the MOPGA program (Campus France) on a research project on the development of innovative agroecological approaches for the sustainable management of crop pests in a context change in the context of the FAIR-Sahel project in Senegal.

He also participates in the teaching and supervision of students from Senegalese (UCAD, Dakar) and international (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) schools and universities.


Web of Science ResearcherID: AAH-2354-2020

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Tatiana wade

Tatiana Krasova Wade, Doctor in plant biology since 2003, scientific project manager at IRD (UMR 113 LSTM) at the Joint Microbiology Laboratory IRD-ISRA-UCAD (LCM) carries out its research activities in Senegal on improving the agricultural productivity through inoculation of plants with symbiotic microorganisms. It is involved in a societal project to promote agricultural symbiosis for the establishment in Senegal of the local multi-partner sector for the production and distribution of microbial fertilizers under quality control (Fil'Inoc).

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