r4d Science Fair West Africa 2021 / Foire Scientifique Afrique de l'Ouest 2021

The r4d Science Fair West Africa creates awareness and enables learning about evidence-based solutions to address global challenges and their take-up potential in development projects, business activities or civil society initiatives. It will take place in Bopa, Benin, 28 to 30 September 2021.

r4d Science Fair West Africa, 28-30 Sept 2021



Around 20 r4d research projects have been carried out in 9 countries of West Africa from 2014-2021 and about 10 follow-up initiatives are ongoing. Representatives of 20 of these r4d projects and initiatives will present and discuss at the r4d Science Fair West Africa their findings in a "research market place". In addition to the market place, the r4d Science Fair West Africa offers keynotes and film screenings of the research documentaries emerging from cross-project synthesis activities (i.e. "La veine verte – La renaissance agroécologique de l'Afrique d'Ouest", "Inequality and Conflict – Beyond us and them").

r4d Science Fair West Africa: Book of Abstracts/ Foire Scientifique r4d Afrique de l'Ouest: Résumés des contributions

Chronogram of the r4d Science Fair (in French and English).


The r4d Science Fair West Africa brings together researchers, development practitioners, national and international NGOs and other groups interested in research results and evidence-based solutions. It creates sticky dialogues and enables networking at the interfaces between science, practice, policy, business and civil society.

The main languages of the r4d Science Fair West Africa are French and English.

Places on-site are limited. Participation only with valid COVID certificate (vaccination, negative test).

Confirmation of stakeholder participation will be based on selection criteria of diversity (thematic, actor group). Remote online participation will be provided by Zoom for selected parts of the r4d Science Fair. 

r4d projects represented in the r4d Science Fair West Africa

r4d project Country
Economics and Employment 
Linking Education and Labour Markets TVET4INCOMEBénin
Curbing illicit financial flows from resource-rich developing countries: Improving natural resource governance to finance SDGsGhana
Measuring the development outcomes of resource extraction in producer countriesMoçambique
Adapting and strengthening educational guidance and career counseling to promote decent work in two West African countries: Burkina Faso and TogoBurkina Faso
Promoting decent work through entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa: Toward a test of innovative psychological-based approaches to counseling in Burkina Faso and TogoTogo
Social Conflicts, Institutions and Politics 
Gender Dimensions of Social conflict, Armed violence and PeacebuildingNigeria
The Developmental State Strikes Back :  The Rise of New Global Powers and African States' Development StrategiesCôte d'Ivoire
Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile StatesCôte d'Ivoire
Knowledge for Peace. Understanding Research, Policy, Practice SynergiesCôte d'Ivoire
Sustainable Land Management and Food Security 
Gestion des Ressource Organique pour la Fertilité des sols (ORM4Soil)Mali
Biophysical, Institutional and Economic Drivers of Sustainable Soil Use in Yam Systems for Improved Food Security in West Africa (YAMSYS)Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire
Insects as Feed in West Africa (IFWA)Bénin, Burkina Faso
Optimizing the integration of Organic Resources in Ghana's Local Agricultural Systems (TAG) / Food Systems Caravan Ghana
Insect-based Feed and Fertilizer Production via waste transformation for small-holders in Ghana Ghana
Food Systems Caravan / Optimizing the integration of Organic Resources in Ghana's Local Agricultural Systems (TAG)/ORM4SoilGhana
Oil Palm Adaptive Landscape (OPAL)Cameroon
Synthesis: Food and nutrition security in educational institutions and communities in West AfricaBurkina Faso, Ghana
Virtual Food Sustainability Academy: Training, practising and disseminating participatory food system assessments in Latin America and Africa (TAG)Nigeria
Wastewater Treatment 
Treatment of the hospital wastewaters in Côte d'Ivoire and in Colombia by advanced oxidation processesCôte d'Ivoire


28.09.2021 16:00


30.09.2021 23:00


Bopa, Benin

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Prof. Dr. Guy Apollinaire Mensah Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Bénin (INRAB) Cotonou Benin (00229) 95229550

Dr. Charles Bertrand Pomalegni Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Bénin (INRAB) Cotonou Benin (00229) 96966262

Dr. Sedjro Gilles Armel Nago Université de Parakou Parakou Benin (00229) 95054416

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Dr. Claudia Zingerli Swiss National Science Foundation Wildhainweg 3 CH-3001 Bern


Jacqueline Hänni Swiss National Science Foundation Wildhainweg 3 CH-3001 Berne +41 31 308 2353