West African Forum on Precision Agriculture

The West African Forum on Precision Agriculture (WAFPA) was a 2-day event designed to bring together experts from universities, national agricultural research systems, international research centers, and the private sector to discuss the current state and future of precision agriculture in West Africa.

When: February 11-12, 2020

Where: University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

Program and Presentations

The first day featured invited presentations from precision ag. experts representing Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo.

8:30 Arrival and Registration of Participants
9:00 Welcome and Opening Ceremony
9:20 Opening Prayer
9:25 Introduction of VIPs
9:30 Welcome to UCC Dr. Kwame Frimpong, UCC
9:45 Introduction to WAFPA (pdf) Dr. Steve Phillips, APNI
10:10 BREAK / Group Photograph
10:30 Precision Agriculture in Benin (pdf) Dr. Nicodeme Fassinou, Univ Abomey-Calavi
11:15 Precision Agriculture in Burkina Faso (pdf) Dr. Idriss Serme, INERA
12:00 Precision Agriculture in Cote d’Ivoire (pdf) Dr. René Akanvou, CNRA
12:45 LUNCH
13:45 Precision Agriculture in Ghana (pdf) Dr. Martin Bosompem, UCC
14:30 Precision Agriculture in Nigeria (pdf) Dr. Christogonus Daudu, Ahmadu Below Univ
15:15 Precision Agriculture in Senegal (pdf) Dr. Alfred Tine, ISRA/CNRA
16:00 BREAK
16:15 Precision Agriculture in Togo (pdf) Dr. Jean Sogbedji, ESA – Univ Lomé
17:00 Closing Comments
17:30 Adjourn

The second day continued with invited presentations in the morning, while the afternoon program had facilitated, small-group activities (round-tables) designed to scope opportunities, challenges, and mechanisms needed to move from information availability to innovative, information-driven, transformative solutions for the West African smallholder farmer.

8:30 Arrival and Registration of Participants
9:00 Welcome
9:10 Precision Agriculture for Cereal Crops (pdf) Dr. Kwame Frimpong, UCC
9:50 Precision Agriculture for Perennial Crops (pdf) Dr. Kokou Amouzou, APNI
10:30 BREAK
10:50 Precision Agriculture Service in West Africa – Fasodrone Mr. Thierry Bayala
11:30 Precision Agriculture Service in West Africa – Investiv Mr. Aboubakar Karim
12:10 Precision Agriculture Service in West Africa – SyeComp (pdf) Mr. Solomon Allavi
12:50 Conference Closing Comments
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 Group Discussions – Invited participants only
17:30 Adjourn

WAFPA is organized and hosted by the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) in partnership with the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

Contacts Dr. Steve Phillips (s.phillips@apni.net) or Dr. Kwame Frimpong (kfrimpong@ucc.edu.gh)