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Sénégal16 February 2018 /

New Program Seeks Lasting Changes in Agriculture System of West and Central Africa

Even with overwhelming evidence showing the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program(WAAPP) has ‘substantial’ impact on economies of West African countries, efforts are currently underway to sharpen the focus of an even more ambitious and transformative iteration.

Niger15 February 2018 /

The Thriving Goat and Guinea Fowl Business In West Africa

In West Africa, the red goat of Maradi and guinea fowl are improving the lives of family farmers, stimulating local economies, and making better nutrition more accessible. These indigenous livestock species are well-suited for West Africa, with a wealth of genetic diversity that makes them more adaptable to a changing climate.

Mali13 February 2018 /

SRI is Increasing Farmer’s Incomes in Mali

The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is helping bring rural farmers closer to food self-sufficiency in over 50 countries with the help of organizations like the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF). It can potentially reduce water use, increase land productivity, and provide a buffer against the impacts of climate change while reducing reliance on artificial inputs, like pesticides and artificial fertilizer.

Guinea13 February 2018 /

Young Guinean Takes a Successful Bet in Agriculture

With most youths continuing to view agriculture unfavorably, it is uncommon to see young people venturing into the farming sector. But in Guinea, the case is different for Ousmane Diallo. He lived abroad, but one day, he decided to return home and settled in agriculture.

Benin07 February 2018 /

Benin Relies on WAAPP to Increase Agri Production

Benin depends largely on agriculture to stimulate its economy. One of the programs it hopes will help achieve this ambition is the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). In 2017, Benin got an additional USD 13 million loan to further develop the agriculture sector from the World Bank under the WAAPP implemented by CORAF, Actors of the program met recently in Cotonou to launch the new phase which runs for three years.

Senegal01 February 2018 /

WAAPP Made Substantial Contribution to West Africa Research, report

The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP) contributed substantially in addressing West Africa’s most acute agricultural research challenges, a new report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has concluded.

Senegal25 January 2018 /

“WAAPP-TAAT Collaboration Can Rapidly Transform Agriculture,” IITA official

With dwindling aid to tackle a growing list of problems in developing countries, working in isolation to address challenges of similar nature is no longer an option. For the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), who have been mandated to implement a new technologies adoption program known as the Technologies...

Senegal25 January 2018 /

An Army Worm Invading West and Central Africa

A devastating caterpillar attacking key crops in Africa is now confirmed in almost all countries of West and Central Africa. The armyworm destroys crops including maize, a major staple relished by millions of people in both regions. Between 20 to 30 percent crop losses are already reported in Africa as a result of the armyworm.

Cote d'Ivoire22 January 2018 /

New Cassava Varieties Changing Women’s Lives in Cote D’Ivoire

Fifty-nine years old Kouamé Akissi is a mother of seven children and leaves in Toumodi, in the Central part of Cote d’Ivoire. Using knowledge, new varieties, and training obtained from one of West Africa’s most successful agricultural interventions she has not only closed the lagging income gap...

Cote d'Ivoire20 November 2017 /

WAAPP at 4th International Fair on Agriculture and Animal Resources

The 4th International Fair on Agriculture and Animal Resources (SARA) opened on Friday, November 17, 2017, in Abidjan in the presence of Africa’s largest sub-regional research organization, the West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) and its largest program, the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP).

Senegal07 November 2017 /

The Dry Cereals Research Hub Upgraded

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.

Burkina faso24 October 2017 /

Burkina Faso to Host Major Science and Technology event

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...

Mali23 October 2017 /

A project to build resilience in West Africa is launched in Bamako

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.

Cote d'Ivoire11 October 2017 /

Pivoting to a More ‘Ambitious’ WAAPP

Actors of one of West Africa’s most successful agricultural programs will meet in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from November 17 to 22, 2017 to hammer out details of a more ambitious iteration of the program. The new intervention aims to considerably scale up the adoption of climate-smart technologies, enhance job creation and increase access to regional markets for targeted commodities.

Cote d'Ivoire10 October 2017 /

Future potential of West African seed sector is in its diversity

Seed experts from West African countries met in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 10 October 2017 to discuss the outline of the regional Access to Seeds Index for Western & Central Africa. The experts emphasized the importance of improving access to quality seeds in the region. Access to seeds is a significant challenge in the region’s agriculture sector, and affects the region’s overall development as farming is the backbone of all countries’ economies.

Nigeria29 November 2016 /

WAAPP- NIGERIA to partner with the International Potatoe Centre in building food baskets project.

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 ...

Nigeria28 November 2016 /

WAAPP partners unveiled plans to invest $200 million to boost agricultural development in Nigeria

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.

Burkina faso28 October 2016 /

WAAPP Burkina Faso: The symposium on science and technology under the patronage of CORAF/WECARD

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD) sponsored the International Symposium on the Science and Technology organized by the National Centre for Scientific and Technological Research ((CNRST) of Burkina Faso from 24 to 28 October 2016.

Cote d'Ivoire28 October 2016 /

Cote d'Ivoire: The World Bank honoured outstanding women beneficiaries of WAAPP

Women and youths from all backgrounds attended the celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, organized by the World Bank office in Abidjan. This ceremony was marked by testimonies of WAAPP recipients, representative of the female condition in Côte d’Ivoire. These messages of hope highlighted how WAAPP has contributed to lift them out of poverty.Women and youths from all backgrounds attended the celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, organized by the World Bank office in Abidjan. This ceremony was marked by testimonies of WAAPP recipients, representative of the female condition in Côte d’Ivoire. These messages of hope highlighted how WAAPP has contributed to lift them out of poverty.

Nigeria08 October 2016 /

WAAPP-NIGERIA and NAERLS has disseminated agricultural technologies on seeds, livestock, poultry and fish to over 5000 farmers across the country

The Acting National Programme Coordinator, WAAPP-NIGERIA, James Ocheme Apochi, has expressed joy on the progress that NAERLS institute has made describing it as a huge success story for WAAPP-NIGERIA, because the objectives of WAAPP is to generates and disseminate agricultural technologies for adoption that would lead to increased agricultural Productivity in Nigeria.

Senegal04 October 2016 /

Seed production techniques: Twenty female operators from the largest agricultural regions are trained

The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) organized a training workshop on seed production techniques for female operators from Kaolack, Thies, Diourbel, Saint Louis and Ziguinchor.

Sierra Leone27 September 2016 /

United Nations General Assembly: President Ernest Bai Koroma hailed regional solidarity in support of the Post-Ebola Recovery process

Addressing the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ernest Bai Koroma, the president of Sierra Leone hailed support received so far from countries in supporting the fight to defeat the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

Senegal17 August 2016 /

300 Women "adopt" gender-smart agricultural technologies of WAAPP/PPAAO

The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP/PPAAO) held a series of information and awareness campaigns on gender smart-technologies generated and disseminated as part of the project. These activities concerned agro-ecological zones of Dahra in the Louga region, Richard Toll in the St Louis and Ourossogui in the Matam region. The objective of these fora, according to the Coordinator of WAAPP Senegal Mariétou Badiane, "is to interact with beneficiaries for ownership of key projects including agriculture, village poultry, exchange techniques and soil restoration, nutritional blocks to improve milk and meat productivity.”

Mali13 August 2016 /

CORAF/WECARD supports WAAPP Mali in participatory communication to foster technologies adoption

To intensify the adoption of improved technologies in priority agricultural sectors of Mali, CORAF/WECARD strengthened the capacity of 12 implementing agencies of the West Africa Productivity Program (WAAPP) from 3-6 August, 2016 in Segou (240 km from Bamako, the capital. Enhance experience sharing, advocacy and collaboration among the implementing agencies engaged in facilitating technology and innovation generated aims to facilitate interactions on research outputs, methodologies and learning resources on Communication for development (COMDEV).

Niger31 July 2016 /

Niger is about to launch a modern manufacturing of Kilichi

WAAPP-Niger and PRODEX (Project Development of Agro-pastoral Products Exports) is working with Mr. Soly Abdoulaye, a beneficiary young Nigerian to set up a modern small-scale industrial production kilichi. The kilichi or dried flavor meat occupies a prominent place in Niger and in the sub-region and hardly do people come to Niamey without tasting or taking home a few kilos.

Mali28 July 2016 /

WAAPP-Mali comes to the rescue of the rural district of Sadiola

The Agricultural Productivity Program in West Africa, Mali (WAAPP-Mali) has donated 198 tons of certified seeds and food to affected populations conjecturels villages Toungounba and Diagounté in the town located about Sadiola 70 km from Kayes (border region of Senegal).

Mali03 July 2016 /

WAAPP-Mali committed reflection on the operationalization of the National Support Fund for Agriculture (FNAA)

The consultant team mandated to carry out the feasibility study of the operationalization of the National Support Fund for Agriculture (FNAA) met on Thursday, June 30, 2016 for the restitution of the study results in the presence of representatives implementing WAAPP- Mali programme. Current status of FNAA was established by the Government of Mali in the form of a trust account (Act No. 10-031 of 12 July 2010) in order to solve the funding gap in agriculture.

Cote d'Ivoire27 June 2016 /

Meeting the female producers of the cassava variety called BOCOU 1

Best known for its cultural activities and palm oil processing, the locality of Yassap-Usine is now committed to ensure food security through the women’s group called “AWANE” involved in cassava production. Mrs. Elisabeth KOUAKOU, Chairwoman of AWANE group (Yassap plant) located 15km in the department of Dabou talks about the group and the change operated in their daily lives since the launching of WAAPP.

Burkina faso23 June 2016 /

Establishment of an innovation platform on tomato to gain significant market share

Stakeholders in the tomato industry have established an innovation platform on June 16, 2016 in Yako, a town located 100 km north of Ouagadougou the capital of Burkina Faso, in the heart of the tomato production area. This innovation platform on tomato gathers stakeholders of the tomato industry, research institutes, advisory agencies, policy makers, microfinance institutions and the press. Its main objective is to build a structured and competitive sector which is capable of gaining significant market shares both at national and regional levels.

Burkina faso17 June 2016 /

A new project for rice self-sufficiency in West Africa by 2020

Provide the stakeholders in the West African rice sector with new high-yielding improved seed varieties to achieve rice self-sufficiency by 2020. This is the main objective of the “Project supporting the dissemination of the seed of improved rice varieties in West Africa” that was launched on June 9, 2016 in Ouagadougou.

Burkina faso13 June 2016 /

A fair to increase the use of quality seed

The Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) organized the seventh edition of the fair on the seeds of improved plant varieties from the 2nd to the 5th of June 2016 in Ouagadougou with the theme: “Process for registration in the national catalogue of agricultural species and varieties and the strengthening public-private partnership to boost the seed sector.”

Cote d'Ivoire05 May 2016 /

WAAPP: Pastry “Made in Côte d’Ivoire” received the Special Award for the promotion of local products during the Africa Cup of Pastry

Through WAAPP, Côte d’Ivoire received the Special Award for the promotion of the national culinary art at the African Cup of Pastry (CAP), held on April 29, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.This award was obtained for the efforts of communication and promotion made by the Coordination Unit of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) as part of the value addition to local flour from plantain, maize and cassava during the Africa Cup of Pastry.

Burkina faso26 April 2016 /

Burkina: The award for best WAAPP innovation platform officially handed to the women's group Namanegbzanga

The official prize award ceremony for the best platform for innovation in the ECOWAS to the Namanegbzanga's women provincial union (UPFN) of Bam, took place on April 22, 2016 in Kongoussi in the North Central Region, 130 km from Ouagadougou the capital of Burkina Faso. The award was coupled with the fourth edition of the cowpea promotional days in Bam initiated by UPFN.

Senegal18 April 2016 /

Senegal has recorded an agricultural growth of 10,5% last year through WAAPP

The agricultural productivity of Senegal has reached a rate of 10.5% during the 2014-2015 agricultural season. A progress that is positioning the country above the average growth rate of the WAAPP recipient countries in the Saharan zone, according Youssoupha Diallo, Adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture and rural equipment rural of Senegal.

Togo30 March 2016 /

Extension of Phase 1: An additional funding of 10 million USD approved for WAAPP-Togo

Pending the formulation of the second phase of WAAPP and to consolidate the achievements of the current phase, an additional funding of USD 10 million was approved a second phase of WAAPP-Togo from 2016 to 2018. In this line, a preparatory mission of the World Bank and CORAF / WECARD led by Mr. Erick Abiassi, Country office Task Team Leader (TTL) of the World Bank in Benin and Togo visited Togo from 7 to 16 March 2016 to evaluate the results achieved over the past four years.

Nigeria22 March 2016 /

Makhtar Diop, The World Bank Vice president for Africa visited WAAPP Nigeria

Makhtar Diop, the World Bank vice president for Africa has challenged african countries to expedite measures towards boosting the agricultural sector as a panacea to the lingering unemployment in the continent. Makhtar Diop made the disclosure while on a visit to Nigeria from 15 to 16 March, 2016 where he met with direct beneficiaries of World Bank funded including WAAPP-Nigeria project.

Togo14 March 2016 /

Women and youth accessibility to agricultural productive resources: Togo is on the right track

For a better consideration of gender in the activities of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) in Togo, Dr Mariame MAIGA, Regional Gender and Social Development Adviser at CORAF / WECARD conducted from February 22 to 26, 2016, a support mission in the country. This mission aimed to build the capacity of the National Coordination Unit and the implementing agencies of WAAPP-Togo on the policy, strategy and tools for gender mainstreaming in its activities.

Senegal13 March 2016 /

Capacity of 55 women from Thienaba in Senegal enhanced in cashew nuts industry

Women cashews processors, members of the EIG called "Fass Diom" the city of Thiénaba-Gare, located in the region of Thies (Senegal), received a five-day training offered by the Women's Association West Africa (WAWA / AFAO) on cashew nuts processing, packaging and storage techniques. The "Cashew" project which is funded by CORAF / WECARD under WAAPP has strengthened the capacity of 55 women from Thiénaba-Gare on modern techniques of processing cashew and equip them with materials to improve their activities.

Cote d'Ivoire13 March 2016 /

Japan promises to resume its cooperation with the Training Centre for the mechanization of agriculture of Cote d’Ivoire

The Japanese Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire has promised the resumption of support from the Government of Japan to resume the development of the training center for the mechanization of agriculture (CFMAG). This message was delivered by Ambassador Hiroshi Kawamura during a working visit to the Grand Lahou. "Since 1990, we were involved in the agricultural development, unfortunately, the political crisis has slowed our momentum. But we are ready to resume the cooperation with this center by bringing our contribution, as agriculture is very key" said Mr. Kawamura, who also stressed that Japan shares the new vision for economic development of the Ivorian Government.

Ghana29 February 2016 /

WAAPP supports the construction of 260 Greenhouses in Ghana: Over $100,000 released for optimum growth and productivity of vegetables

The World Bank has released over $100,000 to the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) under the coordination of the West and Central African Council for agricultural research and development (CORF/WECARD) to support a Greenhouse Project for the cultivation of vegetables in Ghana. This funding will allow the construction of at least 260 greenhouses to grow vegetables such as tomato, cucumber and sweet pepper under fully controlled environmental conditions for optimum growth and productivity.

Mali26 February 2016 /

WAAPP-Mali : A 10.073 billion FCFA budget for 2016

The 6th Session of the National Steering Committee of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in Mali was held on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The country has decided to allocate a budget of FCA 10,073 Billion FCFA, over 15 Million Euros to finance agricultural activities in 2016. This amount represents an investment rate of over 75%.

Sierra Leone21 February 2016 /

Monty JONES appointed Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security of Sierra Leone

The world of Agricultural Research and Development in West and Central Africa has just been honoured with the appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security of Sierra Leone, Prof. Monty Jones, former Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). Until his recent appointment, Prof Monty Jones served as Special Adviser to the President, and Ambassador-at-Large of the Republic of Sierra Leone from March 21st 2013 as January 18, 2016

Nigeria15 February 2016 /

WAAPP - Nigéria : Distribution of 25 million fingerlings to farmers to boost fish production

The West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) coordinated by the West and Central African Council for agricultural research and development (CORAF/WECARD) has distributed over 25 million ‎fingerlings to farmers across Nigeria. WAAP also provided processing equipment, including detachable smoking klin, solar tent dryer and fish cooling boxes to support the fish value chain.

Liberia15 February 2016 /

WAAPP’s Seed support to Ebola affected countries : Liberia harvests 164 Hectares of foundation seeds rice this year

Liberia, one of the three countries seriously affected by the Ebola outbreak is reviving its agriculture. The country has successfully harvested this year, 164 hectares of rice foundation seeds. This was possible through the rapid recovery seed intervention program for Ebola-affected countries coordinated by CORAF/WECARD through the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), and the USAID funded West Africa Seed Program (WASP) and AfricaRice.

Ghana26 January 2016 /

Consolidating agricultural productivity through efficient innovation platforms

Ghana has developed over 30 agricultural technologies since the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) was initiated in 2007.WAAPP’s development objective is to generate and disseminate improved technologies in the country’s top priority commodities in root and tuber crops, specifically, cassava, yam, sweet potato and cocoyam.WAAPP Ghana has the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as its implementing agency.