ANCE-Togo received grant to implement integrated sub-project to fight against characteristic pest in Baguida area and neighboring villages. On February 2, 2017 the World Bank (WB) carried out field visit to ensure interim advancements on the field.
Within the framework of implementing integrated project to fight against characteristic pest in Baguida area and neighboring villages, the representative of WB, AGAIB Maritime, ANCE-Togo project team and local communities visited the project areas. During this meeting with the communities, it was essentially about to update activities already carried out and plan future activities. Normally, the project should end on November 22, 2016, but the project coordinator provided progress reports on activities to visitors and explained minor factors delaying the implementation of the project, among which insufficient budget to cover spraying of nine villages and the low density of these pest during cold period. Indeed, the entomological study carried out by University of Lomé proved that the amount initially scheduled in the budget to spray pests is insufficient and could only cover two villages rather than nine. Therefore, the project needs additional funds to continue spraying of the remaining villages for a total eradication of these harmful insects.
Through this visit, the project coordinator takes an opportunity to advocate for the allocation of these additional funds to obtain expected outcomes. The entomological study results revealed that a budget of 25 million is necessary to cover nine target villages rather than 12 million planned.
Dr. Hunkpe Koffi, WB representative said it is important that the activities carried out by ANCE-Togo with the support of his institution, PGICT and AGAIB Maritime should result in obtaining sustainable solution through the eradication of these pests. Isolated spraying of some villages in the midst of villages infected is not practicable solution. In the whole, the representative of WB appreciated sensitization actions and the field mobilization and encouraged ANCE-Togo to more involve local communities to develop solutions to local problems. Thereafter, he gave instructions to Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources and AGAIB Maritime to take quick action for the allocation of these additional funds to allow ANCE-Togo to pursue the activities.
Beside, further discussions were about the project durability and its continuation after its ending. Dr. Hunkpe Koffi suggests continuing entomological researches and strengthening biological control plan. Engr. Walla Esso-Simna, head of environmental department at ANCE-Togo reassured the World Bank representative on ongoing efforts in order to collect additional financial resources to continue biological control plan and promote sustainable development in the target areas.