One-third of all calories consumed in Africa are imported at a cost of US$77 billion per year. Africa can best feed itself and transform its economies by targeting agriculture as a source of wealth and job creation. Adopting modernized, commercial agriculture is the key to transforming Africa and the livelihoods of its people, particularly the rural poor.
The African Development Bank organized an Identification and Preparation Workshop on Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) on April 12-14, in Ibadan, Nigeria, in collaboration with CGIAR centers, FARA, Africa Harvest and other organizations. The TAAT program aims to revitalize and transform agriculture while restoring degraded land and maintaining or strengthening the ecosystems that underpin agriculture.
At the TAAT workshop, Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa from IFPRI emphasized the importance of policy support for successful value chain transformation. Value chain transformation requires large and sustained increase in productivity, gains in competitiveness, and advances in product sophistication. Policy interventions could provide conductive macroeconomic and sector policies, and adequate institutional and regulatory frameworks. Dr. Badiane introduced several innovative analysis tools to guide value chain development policies, including the ReSAKSS e-Atlas and the new ReSAKSS mapping tool, which will be available online soon.
Watch Dr. Ousmane Badiane’s presentation at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJtsTzzty-0
Read more about the TAAT workshop at IITA website.