Niger13 November 2018 /
In an extraordinary show of endorsement of agricultural research and the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP), eight government ministers showed up Monday, November 12, 2018, for the opening ceremony of the annual gathering of WAAPP actors.
Nigeria05 November 2018 /
A fish smoking kiln from the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) is helping transform the lives of West Africans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods. Comprised of a smoking chamber, a fan to distribute heat, a thermometer to control temperature, and a chimney to filter air, NIOMR’s fish smoking kiln reduces cooking and smoking time from four days to just four hours. The fish smoking kiln eliminates many challenges West African fisheries typically encounter with traditional smoking methods—including lack of control over the drying process, exposure to dirt and dust, insect infestation, exposure to contaminants, and low capacity.
Senegal02 November 2018 /
If there was one wish by actors of the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP) at the inception of the centers of excellence, it was to see them begin the process of creating the required collaboration and partnerships to catalyze the critical innovations and technologies to address the region’s priority crops. After many years of substantial investments in both operations and infrastructure, the Dry Cereal Center of Excellence based in Senegal is now fully equipped thanks to WAAPP Senegal and driving the vital research work on millet, maize, sorghum and other cereals.
Senegal02 November 2018 /
The geographical location of Senegal along the Sahelian belt of Africa means its agriculture is already facing the brunt of climate change. Experts argue that if urgent measures are not taken, small-scale farmers are likely to suffer the most. Peanut ranks among Senegal’s top five largest export commodities with millions of small-scale farmers involved.
Senegal02 November 2018 /
Yields barely lasted three months for rice-producing households of Ngoungoul, a village located about 250 Kilometers to the South of the capital, Dakar. The conventional rice cultivation methods did not only require more water, seeds, and fertilizers, the harvest often fell short of expectation. In Senegal as in most part of West Africa, rice is a major staple. Meaning, when yields are low, households have to resort mostly to imported rice to make up for the deficit.
Senegal22 October 2018 /
Cassava may not be the number one crop in Senegal. Compared to maize, millet, sorghum, peanut, or mangoes, it is right down the pecking order. The country’s annual cassava production has tended to fluctuate between 600.000-650.000 thousand metric tons in recent years.
Senegal22 October 2018 /
The uplifting stories of brave women agro-processors of Senegal. Undaunted by the challenges, they have taken their destinies in their own hands and now contribute a modest monthly sum to purchase raw materials to keep pace with growing demand. In Pout, about 50 kilometers East from the Senegalese capital, about 2400 women have come together to seize the fresh business opportunities in the dry cereals and fruits and vegetable value chains.
Senegal17 September 2018 /
Despite recent breakthroughs in research, insufficient production and climate change are challenging millet researchers anew, an international conference has heard. Communities are looking up to scientists to design new varieties that can boost productivity, feed the people of West Africa, reduce hunger and poverty.
Senegal23 July 2018 /
About seventeen West African countries are today credited for adopting a common seed regulation. These laws are designed to facilitate the free flow of critical seeds from one country to another. Effectively implemented, they can facilitate the access to high-quality certified seeds to farmers and producers and sustainably transform the agriculture industry in West Africa.
Senegal05 July 2018 /
Seed actors from seventeen West African countries meet in the Senegalese capital, Dakar from Monday, July 9 to 11, 2918 to evaluate progress in the implementation of the harmonized seed regulation.
Niger05 July 2018 /
Niger has scaled up the electronic vouchers to deliver critical agri-inputs to farmers in remote corners of the country. Between May 29 to June 19, 2018, about 10000 people from the ten communes received certified millet and cowpea seeds thanks to the electronic system put in place by the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP), Niger.
Senegal02 July 2018 /
The West African Women’s Association (AFAO/WAWA) started an initiative to boost cashew processing in Senegal. Rather than selling raw cashews to traders, they decided to expand post-harvest opportunities close to home by training and equipping hundreds of women to process and market cashew apples and nuts.
Niger17 May 2018 /
For a society where the majority of girls and women are confined to household chores or mostly laborers in fields, breaking through the gender and societal stereotypes can be extremely challenging. But not for this 30-year-old Nigerien student taking a Ph.D. in Animal Production in the University of Abdou Moumouni in the capital, Niamey.
Niger16 May 2018 /
About a decade ago, the department of animal production of Niger’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRAN) had just one PhD-qualified agricultural researcher. INRAN is Niger’s principal agricultural research agency
Mali10 May 2018 /
Fifty-five-years old Boureima Sanogo has been cultivating rice since he was 15. With traditional cultivation methods on a hectare of land in the rainy season, the most yield he could get was four tons. But since the introduction of a new cultivation method known as the System of Rice Intensification(SRI) ...
Mali09 May 2018 /
Livestock farmers in West Africa are increasingly turning to the red goat of ‘Maradi‘ and the ‘Balami,’ two of Niger’s revered sheep breed, scientifically proven to adapt better to the changing climate and genetically wealthier.
Nigeria09 May 2018 /
Agriculture research and development (R&D) in West Africa was in a bleak state in 2008. Several analyses at the time concluded that majority of PhD-qualified researchers were due to retire by 2025 creating a void in the quest for innovative solutions to tackle pressing and emerging challenges facing agricultural development.
Guinea04 May 2018 /
The government of Guinea has announced that it will begin piloting the use of electronic vouchers to deliver critical agri-inputs to farmers in remote corners of the country. This is thanks in part to the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP).
Benin03 May 2018 /
Trails on plantations of cashew growers in Savè, Benin show an increase in yields and incomes when producers take suggestions on best agriculture practices from scientists. Yields in cashew nuts are generally low in Benin. They vary between 300 to 600 kilograms (kg) per hectare. Experts blame this on the poor agricultural practices. Adopting new fertilization methods can improve productivity.
Mali03 May 2018 /
The System for Rice Intensification (SRI) has significant potential to close the rice production gap in West Africa and put the region on the path to rice self-sufficiency, according to a new book published by researchers from Cornell University and the National Center of Specialization on Rice (NCoS-Rice), based in Mali, for the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF).
Senegal18 April 2018 /
The System for Rice Intensification (SRI) has tremendous potential to close the rice production gap in West Africa and to place the region on the desired trajectory of rice self-sufficiency, according to a new book published on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal.
Senegal10 April 2018 /
The Senegalese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure, Dr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck has challenged agricultural researchers of West and Central Africa to step up their game to anticipate challenges facing their communities and to generate relevant innovations that meet the needs of users.
Senegal04 April 2018 /
Actors of nine West Africa agriculture research hubs are meeting in Saly, Senegal to assess progress towards the coveted status of Regional Centers of Excellence (RCoE). The nine National Centers of Specialization were established with an understanding that they will progressively graduate to RCoE based on a set of pre-defined criteria.
Senegal08 March 2018 /
As the international community celebrates women, another window opens to reflect not only the many gender disparities existing in our communities today but to also reflect on how women can drive technology innovation and science.
Sierra Leone01 March 2018 /
Increasing production may be one of the solutions to achieving rice self-sufficiency as desired by most African countries. But quality rice capable of competing favorably with the imported variety seems to be the sustainable solution.
Senegal01 March 2018 /
A new global research program on grain legumes and dryland cereals (GLDC) has been launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Results of the program are expected to improve the nutrition security of people living in West and Central Africa.
Guinea23 February 2018 /
Twenty-five young Guineans have been awarded two-years Master degree scholarships to improve their knowledge and skill in the field of agriculture. The students shall study in one of West Africa’s oldest colleges, the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. The scholarships are funded by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) in Guinea.
Sénégal16 February 2018 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /
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.