Benin President volunteers to endorse IITA’s initiative to create internat’l center dealing with biorisks associated with climate change
His Excellency Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin, will be promoting IITA’s initiative in mitigating biorisks associated with climate change to a broad audience during the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco this November.
The President volunteered to champion this cause on 11 October, when a delegation from IITA headed by DG Nteranya Sanginga, visited him in Benin. This is the first time ever an IITA DG has been received by a Benin President in the station’s 32 years of existence.
DG Sanginga was introduced to the Presidential Cabinet by the Benin Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing, Delphin Koudande, and the Director General of the National Agricultural Research Institute (INRAB), Patrice Adegbola.
This visit occurred in the framework of the regional workshop “One-health approach for mitigating biorisks in West Africa under a climate change scenario” that took place at the IITA station in Benin under the umbrella of CORAF/WECARD.
Discussions between the Head of State and DG Sanginga revolved around the creation of an international center in Benin that would serve as a research and training platform dealing with biorisks associated with climate change.