Deployment of Agricultural Technologies and Innovations to Increase the Resilience of Production Systems and Family Farms in West and Central Africa (TARSPro)
The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) was founded in 1987. CORAF (www.coraf.org ) is composed of the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) of 23 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tomé et Principe Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The Vision of CORAF is a future where people and communities in West and Central Africa achieve food and nutrition security and are prosperous. Its mission is ensuring a sustainable improvement to the productivity, competitiveness, and markets of the agricultural system in WCA.
In line with the current 2018 – 2027 Strategic Plan of CORAF, the Swiss Development Cooperation is aiming at contributing to the deployment of agricultural technologies and innovations that will increase the resilience of production systems in WCA. The main objective of the initiative is to ensure food, nutrition and economic security for the people of Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Tchad. The specific objectives are as follows:
- Increase the resilience of the food production system of at least 2 million producers/ processors, comprising of 50% women and 60% youth in the 5 target countries and more than 10 million indirect beneficiaries;
- Sustainably meet the demand for know-how (technologies and innovations) of at least 40% of the small-scale farmers participating in the project;
- Ensure synergy among the main actors in the transformation of agriculture
Key activities associated with the above specific objectives are as follows:
- Supporting and promoting the acceleration of technology adoption particularly nutrition and gender-sensitive technologies;
- Supporting the availability and use of appropriate inputs (seeds, fertilizers and pesticides) for agricultural production;
- Reducing Post-Harvest loss and adding value to products;
- Building the capacity of Individuals and institutions of implementing partners;
- Operationalizing Knowledge Management platforms;
- Organizing agricultural technology fairs;
- Fostering Research-Policy Dialogue particularly on climate change.