ASARECA work in the Republic of the Congo

Between 2019 and 2023, ASARECA has invested US$ 610,000 to catalyse agricultural transformation in the Republic of the Congo through key beneficiary projects. Through these projects 251, 249 beneficiaries were reached, 489 stakeholders were trained, and 55 ha of land were brought under improved TIMPs. The following are highlights of the projects undertaken:

Facilitating learning through benchmarking

ASARECA organized two benchmarking exercises for eight (8) ASARECA member countries including Republic of the Congo, one in October, 2021 hosted by the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Uganda; and the other in July, 2012 hosted by Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI). During the two exercises ASARECA facilitated a total of 88 researchers from the National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs), farmers and selected private sector actors (43 in 2021, and 45 in 2022) to enhance their capacities in implementing climate relevant AR4D initiatives. The beneficiary countries were: Cameroon, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan. They were supported to visit sister NARIs in Uganda and Tanzania to enhance their skills through peer-to-peer learning and mentorship.

The researchers interacted in key areas such as:

(i) Laboratory diagnostic tools;

 (ii) Bio-policy and bio-safety;

(iii) Aflatoxin management;

 (iv) Tissue culture, biotechnology and hydroponics;

 (v) bio-fortification of banana;

(vi) Livestock nutrition and embryo transfer;

(vii) Integrated pest management;

 (viii) Marketing and private sector