The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), which has many operations in Africa, wishes to rebuild its relationship with Togo.
In an interview with newspaper CommodAfrica, Christian Cilas, CIRAD’s regional director for West Africa, said the institution wants to “revitalize some regions like Guinea Conakry and especially Togo.” According to the French executive, the CIRAD worked with Togo in the 70s, 80s, and 90s and should, he hopes, restart cooperating very soon.
To this end, the research centre will try to reach out to “the Togolese Agricultural Research Institute to re-develop research actions with this country which we consider to be important.” Potential areas for cooperation between the two institutions include climate change (creating crops that are better adapted to drought), genetic improvements of coffee and cocoa.
Let’s recall that in West Africa, the CIRAD covers Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Worldwide, the research centre cooperates with more than 100 countries, in 12 regional centres.