In preparation for the 2021 Burkina Faso 6th West African Organic Conference (WAOC), the Regional Steering Committee management team of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative’ (EOA-I) in West Africa under the able leadership of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission had a virtual  Zoom meeting on Friday 11th of July, 2020 with major stakeholders in Burkina Faso organic and ecological agriculture sectors to discuss the proposed West African Organic Conference regional event which is slated to hold in Burkina Faso.

The Regional Steering Committee Chairman, Mr Ernest Aubee welcomed the Burkina Faso stakeholders at the virtual meeting. In his welcome address, he brought warm greetings from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission’ Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr Sékou Sangaré. He strongly louds the efforts put together by the country stakeholders and especially the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Housing, Mr Salifou Ouédrago for providing the region with an enabling environment for another ground-breaking event in Burkina Faso in 2021 after the 2019, 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra Ghana.

Prominent members of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative’ Regional Steering Committee (RSC) in West Africa under the chairmanship of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission and other organic and ecological agriculture major stakeholders from the West African Organic Network (WAfrONet) and Burkina Faso were equally in attendance.

The virtual meeting discussed among other critical issues; the lessons from of the 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana, the Burkina Faso 2021 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Terms of References (ToRs), updates on 2021 Burkina Faso, etc.

At the end of the meeting, the participants resolved that despite challenges here and there, the Burkina Faso organic and ecological agriculture stakeholders are making tremendous progress towards the planning of the 6th West African Organic Conference in Burkina Faso. The meeting had fruitful discussions and came up with constructive resolutions and recommendations for a successful 6th WAOC to be hosted by Burkina Faso in 2021.

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