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Planning Meeting for the Competitive Research Fund Projects: 23-25 June 2015. Cotonou, Benin
30 June 2015


Under the Competitive Research Fund (CRF) and Incentive Fund (IF) PAEPARD is supporting 4 research projects:
  1. Re-engineered Soybean Afitin and Soybean Milk processing technologies in South and Central Benin (ProSAM). Benin
  2. Effets des amendements organiques enrichis aux Trichoderma sp. appliqués aux productions maraîchères de la zone sub-saharienne (Trichoderma). Burkina Faso
  3. Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve food and nutrition security in the smallholder farming families. Malawi-Zambia
  4. Enhancing nutrition security and incomes through adding value to indigenous vegetables in East and Central Uganda (Indigenous Veg.). Uganda
An amount of Euros 250,000 has been granted to each project. The 4 projects have been launched end of October 2014 and have since November 2014 started implementing their activities. At the beginning of 2015, the FARA M&E Specialist visited all of them and helped establishing the baseline and indicators for ease tracking the progress. Some of these projects have sent quarterly technical and financial reports. The objectives of the Planning meeting were to:
  • review progress made so far in implementing planned activities (challenges encountered will also discussed),
  • develop work plans for year 2 and 3
  • discuss year 1 reporting template (technical and financial) and verification procedures slated in November 2015
  • review (if necessary) M& E indicators of the project

The field visit was made to the town of Zogbodomey situated about 250 km from Cotonou. After a brief presentation of the activities of the Union Communale des Producteurs de Zogbodomey (UCP Z), one of Prosam partners, the Union exposed the different products based on soy. The exhibited products were soy milk, soy afitin, soy cheese, soy skewers.

A demonstration of milk production processes and soy afitin from raw material to finished product was made by women processors. During the transformation process, they expressed the different constraints they face in the exercise of their activity. In terms of milk, the main constraint is the stabilization problem of preserving milk.

One factor which is unfavorable to commercialization is the ignorance of the organoleptic qualities and benefits of afitin based on soy compared to afitin based on néré (which is still most commonly used and known).

See full meeting report: Revue à mi-parcours et présentation de rapports pour la première année et réunion de planification de deuxième année pour les projets de recherche à fonds compétitifs (CRF) de PAEPARD II


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