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ECHO Announces it's 3rd West Africa Forum on Sustainable Agriculture in Burkina Faso 27 -  29 January 2015

Please note event date change

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Arrival Date for Participants: Monday January 26, 2015
Beginning of the Forum: Tuesday January 27, 2015
Location: Pacific Hotel in Ouagadougou
Language to be used: Communication for the Forum will be exclusively done in French.  Another Forum uniquely for English speakers is being considered for early 2015 in Ghana.



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SCHEDULED CONTENT

This ECHO Forum is geared toward enabling networking related to alleviating hunger and poverty by those persons serving Africa's poor.  Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics to be addressed include:
  • Foundations for Farming - Theory and practice (extended sessions)
  • Major challenges and solutions in African agriculture
  • Grafting 
  • Food production and nutrition for animals
  • Useful Plants in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Moringa and other life-giving plants
OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY THE FORUM

ECHO forums are considered networking opportunities.  This means that you, the delegates, are the most important resources.  Please don't be shy about suggesting topics for a practical presentation during the afternoon sessions.  At ECHO conferences in other locations around the world, some delegates have discussed a project that has worked well, a "good idea"  and why it failed, a promising plant, how they integrate agricultural work with church activities, etc.  If you are interested in offering an afternoon workshop (45 min) please contact rsanou@echonet.org or talbright@echonet.org by June 30, 2014.  Evenings will be reserved for individual networking opportunities.

There will be extensive opportunities for networking with fellow forum participants and resource persons.

POST-FORUM TOURS

Post forum tours, to be offered on Friday, January 30, are currently being explored and more information will be forthcoming.  Our hope is to offer excellent examples of sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and outreach to the poor through these tours.  Forum participants will be asked to sign up for their tour preference during check-in on January 26.  An additional fee will apply.

RESOURCE FAIR SPACES

A Resource Fair featuring displays and booths by various development organizations and businesses will be offered  Tables will be provided on which organizational displays can be set up so that posters and promotional materials may be displayed.  Additionally, books, booklets, CDs and other types of media may be distributed or sold from these booths. Space can be reserved/purchased with your forum registration.  The cost for a resource fair table is $35. or 16,000 CFA for the three days of the Forum.

VISA ASSISTANCE

You will need a visa to get into Burkina Faso.  If you are traveling from Europe, North America or a country out of  ECOWAS/CEDEAO you are advised to obtain your visa before coming.  For those coming from within the continent, you are encouraged to get a visa in your country of origin if possible.  However, if your country does not have a Burkina consulate or embassy, visas are available upon arrival at the Ouagadougou airport.  Please bring two passport photos and $200 or 95,000 CFA for your visa.  Please bring your international health certificate with you; they may check it at the airport.

LETTER OF INVITATION

Some delegates may be required to show an official letter of invitation to be permitted to travel to Burkina Faso.  If you need such a letter, please contact Robert Sanou (rsanou@echonet.org) and we will make sure that you receive this letter as soon as possible.

THE REGIONAL IMPACT CENTER FOR WEST AFRICA

We inform you that on March 13, 2014 ECHO opened a Regional Impact Center in Burkina Faso to cover the West Africa zone. For any information you may need, do not hesitate to contact us at:

Telephone: (226) 50 43 09 45
email: westafrica@echonet.org

THE LAST DAY FOR REGISTRATION IS January 23, 2015 AND DEPENDS ON THE AVAILABILITY OF SPACE.





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