WAAPP Country Update
Senegal 07 November 2017
A research center focused on dry cereals has been given the critical nod of approval to lead extensive regional research efforts to develop suitable drylands-cereal technologies and varieties. This follows the official upgrade of the Centre for the Improvement of the Adaptation to Drought (CERAAS) in Senegal and a cluster of other specialized research institutes to a regional center of excellence (RCoS) on dry cereals.
Senegal 26 October 2017
Producers from Thielle in Senegal have expressed satisfaction with the performance of a new cassava variety imported from Ghana. Named "sika" in the local language, this new variety generates three-times the yield of the convention variety used by producers in the region before. The dissemination and up-scaling of this new variety is facilitated by the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP).
Burkina faso 24 October 2017
A major science and technology event to highlight research results to tackle the effects of climate change on natural resources in countries south of the Sahara will take place in Ouagadougou from December 4-8, 2017. Organized by Burkina Faso’s National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CNRST), the five-day event will allow inventors, innovators, researchers and other players in the field to exchange and improve on research solutions meant to build the resilience of communities in the region.
Mali 23 October 2017
The Sahel region of West Africa is probably one of the most affected by the effects of climate change in Africa. Building the resilience of communities requires both useful information and taking it to scale. A project funded by the West and Central Africa Council for Agriculture Research and Development (CORAF) and implemented by the World Agroforest Center and other partners will be launched in Bamako, Mali on October 23, 2017.
Nigeria 29 November 2016
The International Potato Centre (CIP) has indicated its readiness to partner with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in “Food Baskets Project”.The Regional Director of the Centre, Adiel Nkongu Mbabu disclosed this while on a courtesy call on the Project Coordination Office in Abuja. According to Adiel Mbabu, he is leading a team to WAAPP office to familiarise with the activities of the Project and to seek possible areas of collaboration especially in WAAPP- Nigeria priorities commodities, while indicating the Centres readiness to work with WAAPP- Nigeria in developing nutritious food, through their Food Basket Project.
Nigeria 28 November 2016
The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), a World Bank sponsored programme under the auspices of ECOWAS and coordinated at regional level by CORAF/WECARD has so far mobilized $400 million to help grow agriculture in Nigeria with plans to commit another $200 million to the nation’s livestock development.