Ivory Coast: FIRCA inspires agricultural funding in Ghana and Nigeria
The Interbranch Fund for Funding and Agricultural Advice (FIRCA) welcomed delegations from Ghana and Nigeria earlier this year.The Interbranch Fund for Funding and Agricultural Advice (FIRCA) welcomed delegations from Ghana and Nigeria earlier this year.
Both countries are particularly interested in the extension started by FIRCA, which the Fund defines as “information, animation, technical advice and management advice to farms.”
According to its website, among other things, FIRCA finances a plant and stock agricultural programme. It also supports research.
All its principles centre on the idea of sharing. For instance, both the State and professionals work together to define "the agricultural service needs of producers”.
Each producer involved partly finances FIRCA through its branch contribution. They also manage the bulk of resources.
It wasn't the first time Ivory Coast’s FIRCA had inspired neighbouring countries. In September 2013, a delegation went to Burkina Faso to advise local producers on “the perennial financing of agricultural services”, Ouaga.com reported at the time.
Recent FIRCA activities include being present at a conference on “African cotton facing the challenge of climate change”; giving advice during talks on a regulations for cashew nuts producers and informing members on the new price of cocoa.