Wageningen UR often works with local advisors overseas. One of them, Dominique Hounkonnou from Benin, received a royal ribbon of honour on 21 November for his special services.
‘Hounkonnou knows better than anyone how to analyse complex interactions in West Africa and to massage them to get results.’ And in this he was 100 percent straight and reliable, says Professor Niels Röling, who nominated Dominique Hounkonnou for a decoration. The Beninese advisor has known Wageningen UR for 30 years. For 12 years he worked at the Centre Technique Agricole (CTA), an international agricultural institute based in Wageningen. Then he got his doctorate and became a consultant to young African entrepreneurs and development projects. For the past 12 years he has been co-coordinator of Wageningen UR’s Convergence of Sciences programme in West Africa..