Togolese agricultural stakeholders now have a strategy for disseminating Agricultural Input Packages (AIP) and the Fertilizer and Seed Recommendations for West Africa Map (FeSeRWAM), which should enable them to boost the country’s agricultural productivity.
The strategy was discussed and adopted at a workshop held in the Togolese capital, Lomé, on February 2, 2022, which brought together some thirty stakeholders from the Togolese agricultural sector, including government research, popularization and advisory services, the private sector and non-governmental organizations involved in the agricultural research and development sector.
Like most countries in the sub-region, Togo experiences low agricultural productivity, which is attributed to the insufficient use of appropriate agricultural inputs.
“Despite the efforts of national authorities, Togolese agriculture is marked by poor access to quality seeds and fertilizers, coupled with poor adoption of good agricultural practices. This negatively impacts agricultural productivity, resulting in low yields,” says Dr. Emmanuel Njukwe, Director of Research and Innovation at CORAF.
The workshop was therefore held with the main objective of raising awareness of Togo’s stakeholders through sharing information on the concepts of AIPs, the FeSeRWAM platform and validate the dissemination plan for their wide dissemination and adoption in the country.
“FeSeRWAM is a geo-referenced web platform that provides key technical, operational and site-specific recommendations for agricultural inputs namely seeds and fertilizers,” declares Dr. Caroline Makamto Sobgui, Senior Technology Scaling Specialist at CORAF.
“AIPs are combinations of improved seed varieties, appropriate fertilizer recommendations and good agricultural practices specific to the agro-ecological zones,” specifies the expert.
Participants in the Lomé workshop therefore had the opportunity to learn about the AIPs and the FeSeRWAM platform.
They committed themselves to take ownership of these tools and to ensure a good dissemination so that they reach the largest number of users.
Tools to Boost Productivity
Indeed, thanks to the strategy that has been validated, it is expected that the PIAs and the FeSeRWAM platform will benefit more the beneficiaries in West Africa.
These beneficiaries include researchers and farmers. Researchers can popularize on the FeSeRWAM platform, the technologies —seeds— they have developed, and also see existing technologies in other countries. As for the farmers, they can have information relating to the combinations of seeds, fertilizers and best practices, that are the most appropriated to their areas of establishment.
“There are currently over 500 AIPs available. A good use of AIPs and the decision support tool that is the FeSeRWAM platform will certainly boost agricultural productivity in the country”, argues Dr. Makamto Sobgui.
In addition to the strategy that has been validated, a dissemination roadmap has also been adopted. It will facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the strategy.
FeSeRWAM was developed by CORAF and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
The initiative is funded by the West Africa Regional Mission of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), respectively through the Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) for CORAF, and for IFDC, through the Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) program.
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