At regional level, coordination is provided by the Regional Technical Coordinator (RTC), under the supervision of the Coordinator of the FAO Sub-regional Office for West Africa, acting as Lead Technical Officer (LTO) of the project. The LTO and RTC are both based at the Sub-regional Office for West Africa in Accra. Quality control is provided by the AGPMG unit at FAO Headquarters in Rome, acting as Lead Technical Unit (LTU). Mid-term monitoring and evaluation are provided by a consultant expert in monitoring and evaluation. The first results were presented during the mid-term review meeting on 31 May-1 June 2012. Regional coordination produces six-monthly project progress reports that are published after approval by the LTO and LTU. The reports are available in the right-hand column in PDF format.
The first regional workshop was held in Bamako from 12-16 December 2011, which brought together all stakeholders in the APRAO project and the regional project Water and Food Security Initiative for Africa (IESA). The workshop report presents the results of both projects and the recommendations made.
A second workshop, this time mid-way through the APRAO project, was held on 31 May and 1 June 2012 in Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) and it brought together all key players in the project. This workshop provided an opportunity to take stock of successes and difficulties and evaluate the authenticity of the approach involved in implementing the project. It was also an opportunity to present the findings of the capitalization study on the mid-term results and make recommendations for further projects. A summary report of the workshop was drafted and shared with the participants.
The presentations made during the workshop focused on the following issues: the state of progress of the project at regional level and in-country (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal); the findings of the capitalization study on the mid-term results; the proposal for a seed information system; the communication strategy; the proposal for a regional programme; and partnership and synergies in the FAO approach.
For more detailed documentation on the activities of the various national components, click on the country links.