THEORY OF CHANGE AND SOCIAL LEARNING IN THE FACE OF SLM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PARAKOU: “Interfaces” brought together different agricultural stakeholders and breeding systems in workshops

2nd May, 2024


Without land, agriculture is not possible. The importance of soil resources for current and future generations therefore no longer needs to be demonstrated. This is why several projects and programs are dedicated to it with a view to optimal and sustainable land management. “The Declare project aims to set up a decision support tool to enable stakeholders to make appropriate decisions with a view to improving the resilience of their production systems,” said Prof. Rodrigue Diogo, Coordinator of Declare. During these two days of the workshop which brought together different actors from the agricultural world and livestock systems, the discussions were very interesting and resulted in more concrete visions to be able to continue to optimize actions in favoring sustainable land management. To do this, “The question of innovative solutions was debated. Among the solutions that I think we must be able to find is to link research to training. It is essential to link research to training to continue training the next generation,” insisted the Vice-Rector in charge of scientific research at the UP, Prof. Mohamed Nasser Baco in his opening speech. “Sustainable land management should contribute to food security, agriculture, forestry and environmental protection. », indicated the Dean of the Fa Prof. Valérien Amégnikin ZINSOU.

During these two days of discussions, several communications were presented. In particular on the INTERFCES and DeClaRe projects respectively by Doctors David Anaafo and Kisito Gandji from the Competence Center of the West African Center for Scientific Services on climate change and adapted land use (WASCAL) in Burkina Faso; on the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) by Benjamin Abugri from FARA, Ghana; and on the theory of change by Doctor Peter Asare-Nuamah of the University of Bonn in Germany. After the opening ceremony and the various communications, space was given to participants for discussions on the project’s theory of change.

Participants contributed through exchanges to co-develop with researchers from the INTERFACES and DeClaRe projects the theory of change that will enable the project’s results to be effectively achieved. “The theory of change is a tool that allows us to better understand the needs of target communities, to describe the change we want to bring as well as the activities to carry out. » informed Dr. Gandji. Through the various works and exchanges, the participants better described the change to be made in sustainable land management in northern Benin, with a proposal for the activities to be carried out to achieve this. DeClaRe aims to reduce conflicts between farmers and breeders, adapt SLM to climate change and promote ecological agriculture in the face of climate change with a view to improving food security. The same actors will be invited to the Parakou campus next year for a workshop to disseminate the first results of the project.



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