Our community

Our community currently has about 350 members and is made up of all those who have participated or been involved in some way in at least one of our activities.

It brings together French and international actors in irrigation, consultancy firms, research, institutional stakeholders and civil society. At international level, our three main areas of action are West Africa, South-East Asia and the Maghreb/Mediterranean.

Types of organisations represented in COSTEA

Origins of COSTEA members

Our Permanent Technical Secretariat

This is the operational body set up by AFEID, the project owner, to carry out the mission entrusted by AFD.

It is in charge of defining, managing and promoting COSTEA's actions as well as coordinating the network and ensuring the project's visibility in France and abroad.

Sami Bouarfa – INRAE

Sami Bouarfa – INRAE

Project Director
Benjamin Vennat – BRL

Benjamin Vennat – BRL

Project Manager
Sidy Seck – Université Gaston Berger

Sidy Seck – Gaston Berger University

Regional Coordinator for West Africa
Jean-Philippe Venot – IRD

Jean-Philippe Venot – IRD

Regional Coordinator for South-East Asia
Ehssan Elmeknassi – Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II

Ehssan Elmeknassi – Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II

Regional Coordinator for the Maghreb-Mediterranean
Vincent Tanguy – e-sud

Vincent Tanguy – e-sud

Assistance to the Contracting Authority
Jean-Marie Brun - Artefact

Jean-Marie Brun - Artefact

Cambodia Correspondent

Our Steering Committee

This is COSTEA's governing body. It sets the strategic directions and approves the objectives and purposes of our actions. It validates the annual budget proposed by the Permanent Technical Secretariat, which reports to it on its execution, and is made up of members who represent the diversity of COSTEA's actors.

The President of our Steering Committee is Ali Bety, High Commissioner for the 3N Initiative in Niger. Its members come from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, France, Morocco, Niger and Senegal.

Our Scientific and Technical Committee

This is the advisory body of COSTEA, chaired by AFEID. It is composed of all of the members of COSTEA, signatories of our Charter and representatives of all of our countries of action.

It gathers once or twice a year for the programming phase prior to the launch of any contractualisation procedures, and is mobilised as necessary to monitor and capitalise on the knowledge gained in the implementation phases of our activities. It is sometimes organised into groups (Advisory Groups and Working Groups) to facilitate exchanges and dialogue on specific issues.