In preparation for the 6th West African Organic Agriculture Conference (WAOC) to be hosted by Burkina Faso, the ECOWAS Commission-led Regional Steering Committee of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in West Africa under the chairmanship of Mr Ernest Aubee, of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission at its stakeholders’ virtual zoom meeting held on December, 1st 2020 set up the Regional Planning Committee (RPC) for the conference. The Committee is made up of fifteen (15) strategic regionally based stakeholder organizations in West Africa. This Committee shall accompany and serve as an advisory body to the Burkina Faso Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 6th WAOC.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee of EOA in West Africa, Mr Ernest Aubee of the ECOWAS Commission brought the Goodwill message of the Commissioner of Agriculture Mr Sékou Sangaré of the ECOWAS Commission. He welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting. He reiterated the Commission’s firm support to the efforts of the Ecological Organic Agriculture in West Africa. To the host country of the 6th West African Organic Conference, the ECOWAS will not spare any assistance in making the event a memorable one. He also thanked the key stakeholders which through their various organisations are working towards a healthier and stronger ecological and organic agriculture systems in the region. He wishes the participants fruitful discussions and constructive deliberations.

The meeting was moderated by the Vice Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee, Prof Davo Vodouhe Simplice. The Secretary to the RSC, Dr AdeOluwa O. Olugbenga gave an historical perspective to the conference, while the Local Organising Committee chairman, Mr Sylvester Tiomtoré gave an update on the state of the organisation of the 6th conference. According to the update, the conference will take place between October 13th-16th, 2021 at Ouaga 2000’ International Conference Centre. At the end of the virtual meeting which aimed at inaugurating a Regional Planning Committee which will interface with the Local Organising Committee of the 6th Burkina Faso West African Organic Agriculture Conference (WAOC) in Burkina Faso, participants arrived at strong recommendations in order to have an efficient planning for the 2021 Burkina Faso Conference.