The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP/PPAAO) is designed to make agriculture more productive and sustainable, to improve the conditions of life of consumers through the provision of agricultural products at competitive prices and to support regional cooperation in agriculture in West Africa in accordance with action plans for agricultural policy managers of ECOWAS/ECOWAP and the NEPAD/CAADP.
WAAPP aims to generate and accelerate the adoption of improved technologies in key priority areas of agricultural sectors involved in WAAPP, technologies that align with the priorities of the main agricultural priorities of the sub-region. It also aims to provide producers with technologies to enhance and improve the competitiveness of the main speculations in each beneficiary country.
The West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) was designed to respond to the challenges of increasing agricultural productivity, which is an important area of the agricultural policies of the Regional Economic Communities (REC) for the implementation of the Pillar IV of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). It started in 2008 under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), with a financial facilitation from the World Bank (WB) and coordinated at sub-regional level by CORAF/WECARD.
The WAAPP/PPAAO is organized around the four following components:
- Enabling conditions for Regional Cooperation in improved Technologies Generation and Dissemination
- Establishment of National Centres of Specialization
- Funding of demand-driven technology Generation and adoption
- Coordination, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
The countries which satisfied the eligibility criteria adhered to the program according to the following series: WAAPP A (Ghana, Mali & Senegal), WAAPP B (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire & Nigeria), WAAPP C (Benin, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone & Togo) and WAAPP D (Mauritania, Cape-Verde & Guinea Bissau) which is in preparation.
After eight years of implementation, goals are largely achieved: the project (i) count 6 million direct beneficiaries, about 30 million indirect beneficiaries with 45% of women farmers in 13 countries in West Africa; (ii) inducing 160 technologies generated inducing yield increase from 30% to 150% which are being adopted by about 3 million transformers and producers on 3 million hectares.
To date, nine (09) National Centers of Specialization are operational and are intended to evolve into a Regional Centres of Excellence (CRE) for better dissemination of technologies. WAAPP also provides research polling by training over one thousand of young researchers in Masters and PhD.
For more information visit our website: www.waapp-ppaao.org/en