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Agriculture : Focus on AfDB's TAAT programme

Agriculture : Focus on AfDB's TAAT programme

3 months ago | by: David Kodjani

The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme is aimed at supporting the continent to achieve its enormous potential in the sector by using high impact technologies to boost production.

Context


Africa hosts 60% of the world's arable land, but the continent remains a food importer and is unable to reap the benefits of labor. Millions of African workers are productive in the sector, but Africa remains the most food insecure in the world. 


About 220 million Africans are chronically undernourished, about a fifth of the continent's population and a quarter of the world's total suffer from this burden.


Considering all this, the African Development Bank has embarked on a mission to address these challenges in a holistic manner through the TAAT programme. The programme, launched in 2018, is an integral part of the Bank's Feeding Africa Strategy 2016-2025.



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Objectives


The overall objective of TAAT is to harness proven technologies to increase agricultural productivity in Africa; mitigate risks and promote diversification and transformation in 18 agricultural value chains in eight priority intervention areas. 


Overall, it aims to increase food production by 100 million tonnes and lift 40 million people out of poverty by 2025.


The programme deploys large-scale technologies along nine commodity value chains: maize, rice, wheat, iron-rich beans, cassava, orange-fleshed sweet potato, sorghum/millet, livestock and aquaculture.


Six facilitating pacts address cross-cutting issues such as soil fertility management, water management, capacity development, policy support, attracting African youth into agribusiness and control of the fall armyworm.


In two years, TAAT has made a remarkable difference in enabling farmers to increase their yields and improve their livelihoods. 


At the AfDB's last annual meeting held from May 23-27, 2022, President Akinwumi Adesina said their work has already benefited over 76 million farmers with access to improved agricultural technologies. "Our flagship programme, TAAT, has delivered climate-smart seeds to 12 million farmers in 27 countries in just two years," according to him.


In conclusion, the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme aims to help the continent realize its enormous potential in the sector by using high impact technologies to boost production.


Translated by Koboyo KANABIA