IFWA participates in the 4th International Conference on Global Food Security

IFWA was presented on 4 December 2020 at the online 4th International Conference on Global Food Security – Achieving local and global food security: at what costs?

A mini-symposium was organized, entitled “Participatory research for enhanced Food Systems in West Africa: Discussing the outcomes of three R4D projects presented in video”.

In this symposium, the video presenting IFWA and produced by the R4D Food Systems Caravan was shown and  followed by discussions on the project.

Two other R4D projects were presented in the same symposium through videos: YAMSYS and ORM4SOIL

More information on the Food Systems Caravan with other videos on their Facebook page.


and another IFWA Doctor in Benin

Dr Aimé Kocou EDENAKPO is the fourth PhD student to obtain his thesis in Benin in the framework of IFWA. On November 27,at the University of  at the University of Abomey-Calavi, he successfully defended his thesis entitled: Influence des rations alimentaires à base d’asticots sur les performances de reproduction des poulets locaux (Gallus gallus domesticus LINNAEUS 1758) et effets socio-économiques chez les aviculteurs traditionnels au Bénin. He graduated with the “Félicitations du Jury”.

His work was partly conducted at INRAB.

Congratulations to Aimé and his professors and supervisors.

A new IFWA doctor in Benin

Dr Haffizou Ganda successfully defended his thesis at the University of Abomey-Calavi on 9 October 2020. The title of the thesis was: House flies (M. domestica L. 1758) larval potential production on crops and livestock substrates or by-products and their sustainable conservation methods assessment. He graduated with the “Félicitations du Jury”.

Congratulations to Haffizou and his professors.

IFWA extended for one year

Due to  the COVID-19 crisis some activities could not be completed in 2020 as expected. Therefore, r4d as allowed us to extend the project until the end of 2021. This will allow all PhD and MSc students to complete their thesis within the time frame of the project. Thanks to the r4d administration.

An IFWA thesis elected as best PhD thesis of the last five years in Benin

Dr Adin Bloukounon, a former IFWA PhD student at the University of Abomey Calavi in Benin, received the award of the best PhD thesis in agricultural sciences at the University in the period 2015-2020. The title of the thesis was: Quality of the substrates decomposed by fly larvae and their potential as soil amendment. The quality of the thesis is illustrated by the fact that all chapters have been published as five articles in international journals (see the list here).

The value of the award is 1’000’000 Fr CFA. Adin, presently agricultural officer at FAO, suggested to use the award to improve research on the use of black soldier fly rearing residue and on the development of a business model focusing on the agri-entrepreneur, the urban waste collector and the vegetable grower.

Congratulations Adin!

Prestigious award for a young IFWA entrepreneur

Noël Obognon, a former IFWA student at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, won the second prize at the Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (West Africa), organized by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Noël presented his new cooperative society, Agro-Eco Services, founded in 2018 on the results of his master thesis and supported by IFWA. The cooperative society sells organic fertilizers obtained from residues of fly larvae produced from organic wastes.  His clients are fruit and vegetable farmers as well as NGOs. Fly larvae are used to feed poultry. Noël and his colleagues are now searching for investors to move from a manual production to an industrial production.

Congratulations to Noël and his co-workers, as well as to his supervisors and IFWA coordinator at the University Abomey-Calavi, who strongly supported him in this enterprise.


2019 was a successful years for IFWA publications

2019 has been another successful years for scientific publications from the IFWA project, with eight articles published in peer-reviewed journals and an additional four already available online. See the whole list of publications here.

Award for the best poster for an IFWA student

Faustin Dokui, IFWA  student at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, has won the price for the best poster at the “VIIème Colloque des Sciences, Cultures et Technologie de l’Université
d’Abomey-Calavi” that took place in  September 2019. The poster was entitled:

Faustin DOKUI, Fréderic M. HOUNDONOUGBO, Venant P. HOUNDONOUGBO et Christophe A. A. M., CHRYSOSTOME: Impact de la supplémentation en termites trinervius sur les performances  bioéconomiques des coquelets Isa Brown au démarrage.

Congratulations to Faustin and his supervisors