Access Agriculture moves into new office for West and Central Africa

Access Agriculture is pleased to announce the official opening of their new office in Cotonou, Benin on Wednesday, 7 March 2018. Located on the campus of the research organisation IITA, the new facility gives the opportunity to interact with visitors to the site and showcase how “farmer to farmer” videos can help transform livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

Dr. Paul Van Mele, Chairman of Access Agriculture; Dr. Nelson Ojijo, Executive Secretary; and Dr. Dominique Hounkonnou, board member were all present at the ceremony. They were joined by our partners in Benin including University of Abomey-Calavi, University of Parakou, DEDRAS, Songhai Centre. DEDRAS, Helvetas Benin, IFDC, Technoserve Benin, PNUD, INRAB (National Research Center), AfricaRice, World Vegetable Center, Bioversity International, and CIVA projects.

Gaston Cossi DOSSOUHOUI, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries was in attendance and stated "Access Agriculture uses an approach which encourages learning."

Chairman of Access Agriculture, Dr. Paul Van Mele welcoming the opportunity to interact with other agricultural organisations at the new offices in Cotonou, Benin.

Bonaventure Kouakanou, Director of the Office of the Minister, cuts the ribbon to open the new Access Agriculture office on the IITA campus in Cotonou, Benin.

The Access Agriculture office is expected to become a hub for collaboration with other organisations committed to working in local languages. 

More details about the work of Access Agriculture and its social media platform Agtube can be found at and