ACED ANNUAL REPORT 2015
Message from our Executive Director
Our experiences, our journey and our results, which we take pride in, have enabled us to experience growth on a yearly basis
2015, which corresponds to the second year of the implementation of our five-year strategic plan, was filled with activities and achievements. As a result, ACED has been able to take its place among the relevant organizations working in the area of agricultural development in Benin and West Africa. This positioning has earned us the renewed confidence of technical and financial partners who have continued their commitment by supporting new projects. ACED has also been granted the Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, providing additional credit to our actions and reinforcing our brand’s image.
The year 2015 saw the completion of the first phase of our initiative to reduce the proliferation of water hyacinths in Benin’s waters. The encouraging nature of the results obtained resulted in the elaboration and the commencement of a second phase of the initiative. Furthermore, in 2015, the centre started the implementation of one of the most innovative action research initiatives on the resilience of inland fishing in the south of Benin.
To improve the impact of our actions, specific studies were carried out in order to improve our understanding of different developmental challenges in the agricultural sector. The results of these studies enabled us to formulate relevant policy recommendations to support evidence based decisions and policies.
Relying on the dynamism of its young team and its network of partners, ACED will continue its actions in support of smallholder farmers particularly through its efforts in managing water hyacinths and the resilience of inland fishing communities in 2016. We are pleased to know that this report will be read by many of you and invite you to find out more about our activities on our website.