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.

Start28.09.2021 14:00
End30.09.2021 21:00
VenueBopa, Benin
Registration deadline28.09.2021


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 (PDF)

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


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

Economics and Employment

Bénin: Linking Education and Labour Markets TVET4INCOMEExternal Link Icon

Ghana: Curbing illicit financial flows from resource-rich developing countries: Improving natural resource governance to finance SDGsExternal Link Icon

Moçambique: Measuring the development outcomes of resource extraction in producer countriesExternal Link Icon

Burkina Faso: Adapting and strengthening educational guidance and career counseling to promote decent work in two West African countries: Burkina Faso and TogoExternal Link Icon

Togo: Promoting decent work through entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa: Toward a test of innovative psychological-based approaches to counseling in Burkina Faso and TogoExternal Link Icon

Social Conflicts, Institutions and Politics

Nigeria: Gender Dimensions of Social conflict, Armed violence and PeacebuildingExternal Link Icon

Côte d'Ivoire: The Developmental State Strikes Back :  The Rise of New Global Powers and African States' Development StrategiesExternal Link Icon

Côte d'Ivoire: Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile StatesExternal Link Icon

Côte d'Ivoire: Knowledge for Peace. Understanding Research, Policy, Practice SynergiesExternal Link Icon

Sustainable Land Management and Food Security

Mali: Gestion des Ressource Organique pour la Fertilité des sols (ORM4Soil)External Link Icon

Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire: Biophysical, Institutional and Economic Drivers of Sustainable Soil Use in Yam Systems for Improved Food Security in West Africa (YAMSYS)External Link Icon

Bénin, Burkina Faso: Insects as Feed in West Africa (IFWA)External Link Icon

Ghana: Optimizing the integration of Organic Resources in Ghana's Local Agricultural Systems (TAG) / Food Systems Caravan External Link Icon

Ghana: Insect-based Feed and Fertilizer Production via waste transformation for small-holders in Ghana External Link Icon

Ghana: Food Systems Caravan / Optimizing the integration of Organic Resources in Ghana's Local Agricultural Systems (TAG)/ORM4SoilExternal Link Icon

Cameroon: Oil Palm Adaptive Landscape (OPAL)External Link Icon

Burkina Faso, Ghana: Synthesis: Food and nutrition security in educational institutions and communities in West AfricaExternal Link Icon

Nigeria: Virtual Food Sustainability Academy: Training, practising and disseminating participatory food system assessments in Latin America and Africa (TAG)External Link Icon

Wastewater Treatment

Côte d'Ivoire: Treatment of the hospital wastewaters in Côte d'Ivoire and in Colombia by advanced oxidation processesExternal Link Icon