The primary objective of the visit was to grasp advanced methodologies in vegetable production and delve into research and development initiatives. This programme proved to be highly educational, offering valuable insights that hold significance for the field of horticulture.
Learning Visit to Benin Republic encompassed visits to five pivotal locations: the World Vegetable Center, GBios, Market Garden in Cotonou, Shonghai Farm in Porto-Novo, and the ACMA III project learning site at Doussa-Zoume.
The programme kicked off with the World Vegetable Center, situated within the IITA premises in Cotonou. Renowned for its dedication to vegetable research and development, the Center provided an enlightening session with Dr. Edmond Toti, one of its Directors. Dr. Toti shared insights into the center’s mission, ongoing projects, and its global impact on food security. Dr. Toti highlighted: “Our mission is to advance research that contributes to sustainable vegetable production globally.”
Subsequently, the visit was followed by stopping at GBios, the Laboratory of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, located at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Cotonou. As the leading institution in the Benin Republic for plant genetics, biotechnology, and seed sciences, GBios plays a crucial role in advancing attendees’ understanding of cutting-edge agricultural technologies. Ms. Sadiq remarked, “GBios is a hub of innovation, with over twenty thousand seed banks, significantly broadening our knowledge of seed sciences and genetics.”