Launch of the spider plant project in Benin

25 June 2015

The launching workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund project on improved varieties of spider plant for Africa took place at the University of Abomey Calavi in Benin from 15 to 17 June. Besides the consortium members, various stakeholders attended the workshop: researchers, students, farmers, and extension agents.

Picture: Edgar Maxime DEGUENON

The launching workshop from the project of Edgar Deguenon 'Utilizing the genome of the vegetable species Cleome gynandra for the development of improved cultivars for the West and East African markets'  took place from the 15th to 17th of June 2015 at Anouarite Centre and in Amphitheatre “HOUDEGBE” in the University of Abomey Calavi. Various stakeholders attended the workshop:  researchers, students, farmers , and extension agents.

The proceedings of the launching workshop were as follows:

  1. The official opening ceremonies
  2. The presentation about the implementation of the project activities by each member of the consortium followed with debates
  3. The testimony of farmers on the production, marketing and virtues of "Cleome gynandra" followed with discussion and debate
  4. Field visits on the experimentation field of the Genetics and Horticulture Unit of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences UAC University and on Cotonou suburban market gardens
  5. The second meeting of the Project Board
  6. A public lecture by Eric Schranz (Wagenningen University) and Allen van Deynze (The African Orphan Crops Consortium - AOCC)

The workshop was organised by the members of the project consortium in Benin (Calavi), namely 

  • The Hortitechs Development NGO
  • Wageningen University
  • Kenya Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (KENRIK) 
  • African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC)
  • World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)


Source: NWO