Innovation, Research, Extension and Advisory Hub (iREACH)
The Innovation, Research, Extension and Advisory Coordination Hub (iREACH), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) at Kansas State University, is a part of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development/Conseil Ouest et Centre Africaine pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles (CORAF), international non-profit association working to enhance prosperity, food, and nutrition security in West Africa.
The vision of this innovation Research, Extension and Advisory Coordination Hub (iREACH) in West Africa (WA) is a strengthened CORAF to meet the objectives of its strategic plan more widely with its broad range of partners throughout the region. Progressively, CORAF will better coordinate, align and integrate research, extension, and advisory activities in the region for efficient use of resources and to meet the demands of different clienteles including producers, researchers, policy makers and the private sector.
The vision of iREACH is supported by the following three objectives:
Objective 1: Improve coordination, alignment and integration of relevant activities
Objective 2: Create and strengthen technology parks and facilitate effective flow of information and innovations
Objective 3: Support and build local human and institutional capacity development
iREACH Pilot Countries in West Africa
In the initial pilot phase of approximately four years, the initiative will have a particular, although not exclusive, focus on USAID's activities in Feed the Future and Resilience Zones in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Senegal. There are numerous USAID-funded research activities in the five (5) countries that share a desire for increased coordination, integration, information sharing, collective engagement and alignment of activities. This initiative will help increase access, utilization, and the ability to leverage resources from their outputs.
- Burkina Faso
Nieyibouda Lamien, iREACH Program Manager
+221 33 869 96 18
LaTrese Taylor, SIIL Program Manager
+1 (703) 862-7593
Aliou Faye, SIIL West Africa Regional Manager/ISRA & RCE-CERAAS
+221 77 568 1342
Innovation Lab members with account access to the Activity Tracker, please use the following link to gain access: ireach.piestar.com. For any other members or anyone requesting a quarterly subscription to the Activity Tracker updates, please contact LaTrese Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com or +1(703) 862-7593.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have created a list of your frequently asked questions regarding iREACH, the Activity Tracker and the Agricultural Technical Parks which can be found at: ireach.piestar.com.