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New Program Seeks Lasting Changes to Agriculture System of West and Central Africa

Even with overwhelming evidence showing the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program(WAAPP) has ‘substantial’ impact on economies of West African countries, efforts are currently underway to sharpen the focus of an even more ambitious and transformative iteration. Known as the West Africa Agriculture Transformation Program (WAATP), this new intervention aims to considerably scale up the adoption of […]


Viewing R&D from a Security Lens

Research and development (R&D) might be primarily about generating innovative ideas to unlock the agriculture sector. But for a region battling severe effects of climate change and terrorism, R&D takes an additional value. In the sense that it can create new solutions to stem the massive youth migration out of Africa through gainful employment in […]

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Benin Relies on WAAPP to Increase Agri Production

Benin depends largely on agriculture to stimulate its economy. One of the programs it hopes will help achieve this ambition is the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). In 2017, Benin got an additional USD 13 million loan to further develop the agriculture sector from the World Bank under the WAAPP implemented by CORAF, Actors of the program met recently in Cotonou to […]


“WAAPP-TAAT Collaboration Can Rapidly Transform Agriculture,” IITA official

With dwindling aid to tackle a growing list of problems in developing countries, working in isolation to address challenges of similar nature is no longer an option. For the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), who have been mandated to implement an ambitious new technologies adoption program in Africa known as the Technologies for Africa’s […]


“Maize is Now Grown in the Dry Season”

The Sahel region and most of West Africa is currently facing unpredictable rainfall patterns and severe droughts. With irregular planting seasons, farmers and communities across the region are in for tough times.But thanks to the work of the region’s scientists and research, farmers and producers are adapting to these seasonal variations. “Maize is now grown […]


Boosting the West African Cotton, Livestock, and Maize Sectors

Actors of the cotton, maize, livestock, aquaculture, and poultry domains are due to meet in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from January 22 to 26, 2018, to discuss sustainable ways to improve the performance of projects in these sectors. Animal genetic resources, cotton, and maize represent a considerable source of food and livelihood security for families and communities across West Africa. […]