IITA and partners have initiated the establishment of a Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF) under the authority of CORAF/WECARD. It is the first concrete action in the overall strategy of CIRACC (Centre International de Recherche pour une Agriculture Résiliente aux Changements Climatiques).

BIMAF will facilitate the development of multi-country projects beyond its geographic scope to fit the continental reach of CIRACC. It identifies new agricultural challenges and outlines future actions necessary to meet its priority goals. It also emphasizes the need for improved collaboration and coordination with existing strategies. It involves not only researchers, but also the civil society, including farming communities, nongovernment organizations, and public and private structures in sustainably addressing challenges posed by biotic stresses and climate change on agricultural production.

BIMAF is:

  • A multi-stakeholder platform with more than 20 partners
  • Aligned to national priorities
  • Enhancing the resilience of farming communities to climate change
  • Catalyzing collaborative linkages between national, regional and international research and training institutions on climate smart agriculture
  • Fostering synergies in the development and deployment of IITA activities in West and Central Africa

BIMAF is based in IITA-Benin, which has been working on improving food security and livelihoods of millions of people. It has:

  • A biocontrol sanctuary: Mass production of biological control agents
  • Developed biopesticide solutions for healthy crop production
  • A long history of product development with community-based production of pod borer specific virus
  • Been scaling out robust tool sets, e.g., developing apps to help farmers identify pests, undertake field scouting and deploy timely interventions

Vision
Be a leading specialized regional reference center for quality research and training towards developing a climate-smart pest management/ agriculture through a One-Health approach

Mission
Produce knowledge and technological innovations, and contribute to capacity building in the target countries for sustainably addressing challenges posed by biotic stresses and climate change on agricultural production

Scope

  • Catalyze collaborative linkages between national, regional, and international research and training institutions on climate smart agriculture
  • Foster synergies in the development and deployment of IITA and partners’ activities in West and Central Africa

Philosophy

  • One-health approach
  • Strategic partnership
  • Alignment with country and regional priorities

Strategic priority areas

  • Horizon scanning and building Early Warning & Rapid Response Systems including Citizen Science Tools
  • Developing climate smart biorisk management
  • Harnessing high throughput technologies for food safety and health for mega cities in West Africa under a changing climate context
  • Mainstreaming biorisk management into national and regional development programs, plans, and policies
  • Capacity development
  • Youth employment, gender, and advocacy

Our biodiversity center

  • Largest insect and mite reference collection in West Africa
  • With more than 6,000 insect and 250 mite species identified

The Agro-Eco Health Platform

  • Screening and characterizing pesticide resistance
  • Pesticide residue analysis in water, soil and food – metabolism assays

Spodoptera frugiperda (Fall Armyworm)

IITA identified this continental invasive pest problem for the first time in Africa in 2016.

Country and AEZ % yield loss (median)
Ghana
Coastal savanna 42
Guinea savanna
Rainforest
Semi-deciduous forest 52
Sudan savanna 27
Transitional zone 52
National (all zones) 45
Zambia
1 & 2a (maize-based systems) 41
2b (maize-based systems) 62
3 (cassava-based systems) 38
National (all zones) 40

BIMAF’s strategy

  • NPV- and fungi-based biopesticide solution
  • Egg- ovo-larval- and larval-parasitoids
  • National and regional capacity building
  • Building early warning and rapid response
  • Modeling species distribution under climate change

Contact
Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF)
IITA-Benin, 08 BP 0932 Tri Postal Cotonou, Republic of Benin

International mailing address
Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF),
IITA, Grosvenor House, 125 High Street, Croydon CR0 9XP, UK
E-mail: g.tepa-yotto@cgiar.org