Alumni Associations provide a sustainable forum for networking and advancing shared goals between different generations of IFS grantees in their respective countries. IFS is acting to strengthen links to our Alumnae Associations and to stimulate others.
The role people choose to play and the ultimate success of an Alumni Association depends on the alumni themselves. While support from IFS may be helpful, associations are member-driven, and set their own organizational goals.
Recent activity in this regard has taken place in Benin. The members of the Beninese IFS Alumni Association (BIAA) met on the 15th April 2013 in the Library of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi. The meeting was chaired by Prof Joseph Hounhouigan, head of the outgoing board and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey Calavi. Dr Nighisty Ghezae, the IFS Head of Programme attended the meeting in which 17 persons participated.
A new Board of the Association was elected comprising a new President, Secretary and Treasurer. According with the BIAA statute, the board is elected for a 3-year tenure.
IFS would like to congratulate President Dr Achille Assogbadjo, Lecturer at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi and three times IFS grantee, Secretary General Dr Antoine Affokpon, Scientist at the National Institute for Agricultural Sciences and IFS grantee in 2012, and treasurer Mr Pacôme Noumavo, PhD Student, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques, University of Abomey-Calavi, and IFS grantee in 2012.