After 8 years of implementation, WAAPP is evolving satisfactorily towards achieving its development goals. It has reached the stage of maturity and recorded visible achievements in the field. The exchange of technologies, best practices and innovations are being scaled up in participating countries.
The team spirit of WAAPP is now visible in the area where there is a disappearance of barriers to technology transfer between countries, in the same way as for the Anglophone-Francophone linguistic split. All the NCoS benefited from renovation of infrastructures, new research laboratories, equipment and training of a total of 1017 young scientists to strengthen research and extension personnel.
Also, a total 161 promising technologies have been released and adopted by 3.5 million producers and processors on about 4 million hectares. More than 7 million of which 42% were women direct beneficiaries and 30 million indirect beneficiaries were reached by the programme in the sub-region.
By increasing the major crops yields between 30% and 150%, the programme has a measurable impact on food security and caloric intake. Caloric consumption rose from 2,777 kcals to 2,964 kcals and the “hunger period” reduced by 28 to 55% according to the commodity. Interestingly, WAAPP has increased by 34% the economic situation of farmers as well as transformed communities.