SUPPORT TO THE REGIONAL ACTION PLAN AGAINST FRUIT FLIES


Source of funds: 10th EDF (CRIS Ref. 2013/023-707)

Decision date: 07/11/2013 (FA signature: 19/05/2014)

Total budget: 23.5 MEUR – (EU 17.0 MEUR; counterpart - up to 6.5MEUR)

Implementation period: 6 years (2014-2020)

Implementing agency: Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Geographical region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal


Objectives:

The overall objective is to improve the incomes of producers of fruits and vegetables, contributing to the

reduction of poverty and increased food security. The project aims at limiting losses on fruits and vegetables

due to infestation of fruit flies.

Expected results:

· Monitoring of fruit flies is organized nationally and regionally coordinated to allow effective and

targeted control;

· Establish an effective fight against the proliferation and damage caused by the fruit fly.

Main results to date:

· All annual reports have been submitted and approved;

· The visibility study and an audit mission have been completed;

· The mid-term evaluation review took place in 2017;

· The monitoring system has been established in several countries;

· The first surveillance alert announcing the opening of the 2017-2018 mango export campaign took place

during the second week of March 2018 for Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée and Mali.

The mango campaign for Senegal and Gambia should begin in June;

· Two new countries have been fully integrated in the program: Nigeria and Guinea Bissau;

· In June 2018, EDF funding commitment rate of 86% and disbursement rate of 55% to lead to full

absorption of funds (via AFD) by the end of the implementation period;

· Joint budget review with CORAF following the Addenda to the Delegation Agreement and the Financial

Agreement approved by ECOWAS, AFD and EU;

· The Regional and National monitoring plan for 2018-19 has been drawn;

· Installation of traps and collection of data at national level have been concluded in Guinea, Senegal,

Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso 5 out of11 countries with a national surveillance system;

· Feedback and validation of the ToRs submitted by the NC’s for the execution of monitoring activities;

· Regional Overview Campaign Workshop held in Abidjan in December 2018;

· The monitoring equipment is in place and the region wide sampling system is operational at 94%;

· Final Evaluation to be submitted on 31 July, 2019;

· Adoption of the second phase of the Fruit flies project fundd by the DCI in close coordination with

DEVCO C.1.

Main activities:

· Organize national and regional coordination of the monitoring of the rate of infestation;

· Control: coordinate regionally and support actions against fruit flies at national level;

· Applied research: support the operationalization of improved surveillance and control techniques;

· Capacity building for national, public and private organizations in surveillance and control;

· Final evaluation conducted in 2019.

Main Issues:

· Challenges and lessons learnt: Need for private sector involvement and applied research to ensure

sustainability of the programme’s results;

· Monitoring system operational but not used to enforce results-based management.