IITA /AfDB Launches Bold Plan To Revolutionize Agric In Africa

IITA /AfDB Launches Bold Plan To Revolutionize Agric In Africa

International Agriculture research institute, IITA and Africa Development Bank, AfDB are set to launch a bold plan to revolutionize African agriculture as

Scientists, development specialists, agricultural experts, representatives from

national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), and

entrepreneurs from the private sector mainly from Africa will assemble in IITA,

Ibadan, Nigeria on  January 22-25, 2018, for the inauguration and planning

workshop of the African Development Bank (AFDB)-funded program called

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT).

According to IITA sources, the multi-year, multi-partner TAAT program was conceptualized based on;“Africa Feeding Africa,” a core priority of AfDB and aligned with the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (2013- 2022) for inclusive and green growth in the continent. The program, aimed to revitalize African agriculture, was conceived in a high-level conference on African agricultural transformation attended by leading experts in agriculture, research institutions, academia, financial institutions and civil society held in Dakar, Senegal in 2015.

The TAAT program was first announced during the World Food Prize events

held in Des Moines, Iowa, in October, 2017, where AfDB President Akin

Adesina was given the 2017 World Food Prize award. TAAT will be launched on

22 January at IITA’s headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria.

According to Dr Jonas Chianu, AfDB Agricultural Economist and TAAT program

manager, “TAAT heralds a new dawn in African agricultural transformation

because of its key benefits.” TAAT will lead to Increased agricultural productivity and diversification, leading to improved food and nutrition security,

 Improved socioeconomic status of farmers including women and youth

due to higher incomes, Reduced vulnerabilities to market fluctuation due to agricultural product imports, and Job creation, among others.

 

”TAAT will execute an ambitious and bold plan to achieve rapid agricultural

transformation across Africa by raising agricultural productivity along nine

Priority Intervention Area (PIA) and over 18 agricultural commodity value

chains.

”The execution of TAAT will involve close partnership among the AfDB,

World Bank, and development partners to ensure increased financing for

agricultural research and development along the value chains. FARA, the

CGIAR System Organization, and 11 of its 15 international agricultural research

centers most active in Africa, have embraced the Bank’s initiative and are co-

sponsoring the program to revitalize and transform agriculture through TAAT

within the shortest possible time while restoring degraded land and

maintaining or strengthening the ecosystems that underpin agriculture”.