Started on May 14, this meeting of discussions, information sharing on new technologies and innovations in the sector will end up on Friday with relevant recommendations to consolidate CERSA both as a center of excellence and a major strategic pole for the development of the African continent.
Funded by the World Bank Group and operational since 2014, CERSA works in the promotion, development and industrialization of the poultry sector in Africa, particularly in West and Central Africa.
"A research that aims at increasing the availability, the production of essential proteins is for us, fundamental to reduce the cost of this animal protein and also the access of this animal protein to the poorest populations to improve health of these populations and ultimately the productivity of our labor force in Africa," said Hawa C. Wague, resident representative of the World Bank in Togo.
Talking of breeding, poultry, especially chicken, remains the highest in the world in general and in Africa in particular. This farming, according to the Togolese Minister of Agriculture, Noël Koutera BATAKA, offers great opportunities and prospects in the creation of jobs and the fight against poverty.
"Chicken meat consumption in sub-Saharan Africa climbs by 99%, while animal production is only 56%, imports have risen by 209% and are due to increased demand for chicken meat linked to the growth of the middle class," explained Minister BATAKA.
In five years, CERSA has to his credit among other things, an international accreditation by the High Council of the evaluation of research and higher education, the construction of a new building with laboratories, a very modern equipment for scientific research, and the training of more than 40 PhD students.
The meeting of Lome gather teachers-researchers, experts, breeders and industrialists from about fifteen countries: Australia, Belgium, Benin, Burkina, Eritrea, France, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa Togo and Turkey.