The reckless abandon once familiar with the African agricultural sector has seen better days, with innovations unfolding at a vivid and breathless pace.
This time, the city of Cotonou, Benin Republic will play host to a high-level meeting, convened by the government of Benin Republic in partnership with the West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) Program, with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The meeting will see twelve different African countries grace Cotonou on June 7 – June 9 to whip up lasting solutions to the threat of Cassava Viral Diseases (CVD), desolating the continent.
The meeting will also have in attendance, representatives from WAVE partners in the UK Department for International Development, and national, regional and international cassava stakeholders.
According to the Coordinator of the WAVE program in Benin Republic, Prof. Corneille Ahanhanzo, there is an urgent need to develop a joint regional emergency response plan to combat the impending threats of Cassava Brown Streak Virus Disease (CBSD).
Ahanhanzo said: “Given the important role of cassava for food security in Africa and the impending threats posed by CBSD that is currently devastating the crop in Eastern and Central Africa and making its way to West Africa, there is an urgent need to develop a joint regional emergency response plan.”
He, however, stated that the ideas and strategies put forward in the meeting would be adopted to nip the disconcerting issue in the bud.
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