The International Agriculture and Animal Resources Fair (SARA) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire is fast becoming the go-to agriculture fair in West Africa. Organized by the Ivorian government, this year’s fourth edition was themed “Structural transformation of the agriculture-based economy in the face of climate change.” The objective was to offer stakeholders a platform to meet and exchange ideas on issues concerning the Ivorian and African agriculture sector. Last week, IFDC marshalled the knowledge, skills and energies of its personnel in West Africa to share IFDC success stories.
Smartly dressed in IFDC-branded shirts and caps, IFDC representatives from country offices in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, under the leadership of Patrice Annequin (Country Representative in Côte d’Ivoire), left no stone unturned. They spent the week hard at work telling the over 200,000 SARA visitors about IFDC’s knowledge and expertise in fertilizer research and its implementation of development programs that have assisted thousands of small-holder farmers in increasing their productivity, income and environmental stewardship. Among those who visited the IFDC stand were farmers, transformers, traders, students and the general public, as well as professionals of the Ivorian and African agriculture sector. Together they all shared IFDC’s experience and expertise for a more professional, more efficient, more sustainable and more rewarding agriculture for all.