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World Bank Group PHRD Dialogue Series Seminar “West Africa Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program”

January 10, 2020

Tokyo, Japan

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    The World Bank Group will hold the Japan Policy and Human Resources  Development (PHRD) Fund dialogue series seminar focusing on the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program. The PHRD supported the development of the rice sector in the four Mano River Union (MRU) countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The support aimed at strengthening institutional mechanisms and procedures for integrating regional rice markets and cross-border/national dissemination of technologies. The PHRD interventions specifically focused on rice and cassava cultivation, the two crops that provide the basic foodstuffs to a majority of the population. The PHRD grants helped the MRU countries rebuild their adaptive research and technology transfer capacities, particularly for rice.


    This session highlighted the achievements of the PHRD projects in four countries, by bringing together key beneficiaries of the project. The main implementing agency CORAF Burkina Faso presented the development results, including lessons from the activities in the four countries from  Burkina Faso via videoconference.  The implementing agencies of the Guinea project and Côte d’Ivoire project also joined the session via videoconference from Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire to present the key results and lessons from the project implementation.

    The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program is among the vehicles identified to help execute the Government of Japan’s commitment to these efforts under the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD IV).

    Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Fund: The Government of Japan established the PHRD 30 years ago in partnership with the World Bank Group to boost poor countries’ capacity to tackle development challenges.  PHRD has been the first source of concessional finance for countries affected by natural disasters, pandemic diseases, and conflict, with a strong focus on global public goods. This pioneering donor fund remains at the cutting edge of development and continues to deliver impact today.



    Opening Remarks

    Masato Miyazaki
    Special Representative, Japan, World Bank

    Yasuaki Yoneyama
    Director, MBDs Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

    Akihiko Nishio
    Vice President for Development Finance, World Bank

    Presentation - Overview/Results/Lessons of the PHRD four MRU (via videoconference from Burkina Faso)

    PHRD CORAF Representative

    Presentation - PHRD in Guinea (via videoconference from Guinea)

    Mariama Camara
    Minister of Agriculture

    Remarks by Nestor Coffi
    Country Manager for Guinea, World Bank

    Remarks by Mariama Altine Mahamane
    Senior Agricultural Economist and Task Team Leader of the project, World Bank

    Ibrahima Sambegou Gassama
    Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, WAAPP 1C Guinea

    Mabinty Kania SYLLA
    President of the Rice Federation for Basse Guinea (FédéRiz - BG)

    Aboubacar BANGOURA
    Seed producer in Kaba

    Germaine Téa Millimono
    President of the Guéckédou Group

    Mamadou Diouhé DIALLO
    Chief of the Kilissi Seed Center (Kindia)

    Presentation - PHRD in Côte d’Ivoire (via videoconference from Côte d’Ivoire)

    Adama Toure
    Lead Agricultural Economist, World Bank

    Michel Welmond
    Program Leader, Huan Development, on behalf of World Bank Country Manager for Côte d’Ivoire

    Lorng Jean-Paul
    WAAP Coordinator, FIRC (Project Implementation Unit)

    KOUAKOU Marcel
    Rice Seed producer (Beneficiary)



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  • DATE/TIME: Friday, January 10, 2020, 6:00pm-8:30pm (Tokyo time)
  • VENUE: World Bank Tokyo Office, 14th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo TEL: 03-3597-6650