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Participants at the Fall Armyworm workshop in Benin
February 13, 2018

Over ninety agriculture sector practitioners will meet at the facilities of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cotonou, Benin, on February 13-15 to train trainers on the management of one of the most destructive crop pests, the Fall Armyworm (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda) in Africa, with particular focus on West Africa. Jointly convened by the ECOWAS Commission, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the technical expertise of IITA, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and resource persons from international and national research and development institutions, the training is aimed at building technical capacity in the West Africa region in integrated pest management (IPM)-based FAW management.  Selected experts from agricultural research, plant protection, and agricultural extension entities, USAID implementing partners, and technical staff of regional organizations will participate in this training workshop.

A threat to global food security
February 6, 2018

In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, posing a significant threat to food security, income and livelihoods.

The signing ceremony - U.S. Ambassador to Niger, Eric P. Whitaker, Alex Deprez, from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa and the Executive Secretary of CILSS
February 5, 2018

On Monday, February 5, 2018, The United States Government and The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) reaffirmed their commitment and collaboration to strengthen harmonization and delivery of development programs that aid millions of people throughout West Africa. U.S. Ambassador to Niger, Eric P. Whitaker, Alex Deprez, from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa and the Executive Secretary of CILSS, Dr. Djimé Adoum, recognized the multi-year Development Agreement between the two institutions.

Demonstration of the online application system
January 25, 2018

Accra, Ghana (January 19, 2018) – As part of efforts to promote the development of research and evaluation skills of institutions and individuals in West and Central Africa, USAID/West Africa’s Evidence for Development (E4D), in conjunction with the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), is launching a free online certificate program in health project evaluation and operations research, on January 19, 2019 for members of AfrEA and national evaluation associations in the Sub-Saharan Africa sub-region.

USAID/WA Mission Director, Alex Deprez and ECOWAS President sign agreement
November 16, 2017

On Friday, November 10, 2017, The United States Government and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) reaffirmed their commitment and collaboration to strengthen harmonization and delivery of development programs that aid millions of people throughout West Africa. Alex Deprez, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa and the President of ECOWAS, Marcel de Souza, recognized the multi-year Development Agreement between the two institutions.

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