Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT) Framework Program in Support of the Feed Africa Strategy

Co-Hosted by

African Development Bank, World Bank Group, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 2nd Floor Ballroom @ 09:40AM – 11.00AM
  • Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

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Description of the Side Event:

The Technologies for African Transformation (TAAT) is a key priority of the African Development Bank’ for agricultural transformation agenda also known as the Feed Africa Strategy. TAAT is essentially a knowledge- and innovation based response to the recognized need for scaling up proven technologies across Africa aiming to boost productivity, and to make Africa self-sufficient in key commodities. The TAAT side event is to present the TAAT Program initiative to partners and potential collaborators.

The side event will bring together development partner institutions, the Consortium Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centers, policy makers, and thought leaders to discuss African transformation opportunities bridging the gap between proven technologies and agricultural production and productivity. The session is scheduled to take place at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday, 19th October 2017 at 9:40am.

Why the Side Event?

Low agricultural yield is one of the many factors that have hampered Africa from reaching its agriculture potential. In spite of its vast array of arable land thus about 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, staple crop yields in Africa, for example, have barely grown in the last 25 years, and remain the lowest of any region in the world at just 56% of the global average. Additionally, the current average oil palm yield in Africa is 3.98 ton per hectare but the commodity has a potential of yield over 20ton per hectare. Increasing agricultural production and productivity is the foundation for any transformation of agriculture on the continent. The TAAT program is a response to these Action Points framing Africa’s Agricultural Transformation and addresses the need “to execute a bold plan to achieve rapid agricultural transformation across Africa". It aims to contribute to the acceleration of this transformation through raising agricultural productivity along eight Priority Intervention Areas (PIAs) namely; i) Self-sufficiency in Rice Production, ii) Increasing Africa’s Wheat Production, iii) Cassava Intensification, iv) Maize Production and Intensification, v) Soybean for Africa, vi) Modernizing Dairy Production, vii) Modernizing Poultry Production, viii) Achieving Self-sufficiency in Inland Fish Production. Its approach addresses the opportunities and challenges through these interventions areas by delivering proven agricultural technologies and strengthening mechanisms through intervention plans along entire commodity value chains, from farm planning and production, input supply through value addition reaching millions of farmers. This will be implemented by collaborating CGIAR Centers, FARA, AGRA, and national agricultural research and extension systems, and close partnership between the AfDB, World Bank, Agra, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other development partners to ensure increased financing for agricultural research and development along these value chains.

TAAT is a vehicle for accelerating the Bank’s feed Africa strategy and it contributes to its strategic goals for the continent to eliminate the current massive importation of food and transform its economies by targeting agriculture as a major source of economic diversification and wealth, as well as a powerful engine for job creation. It plays a vital role of bridging the other Banks’s initiative such as Enable Youth, the Transformation of the African Savannah Initiative (TASI), and the Nutrition program of the Bank through dissemination of good practices and proven technologies to boost production of high yielding protein food which will contribute immensely to addressing malnutrition in Africa, as well as transforming the Savanna Zone into Africa's breadbasket, where the production of commodities such as sorghum, millet and livestock will be increased. Investing in Africa’s youth is key in the implementation of TAAT through supporting youth agripreneurs in the dissemination of technologies.

The World Food Prize day, is an opportunity to showcase and highlight the leadership and commitments across Africa on addressing food security, mal-nutrition and poverty issues and to marshal greater efforts on eliminating hunger in Africa.

Objectives and Expected Outcome of the Side Event:

  • To present the TAAT program and raise the awareness of the transformation needed to address the widespread of poverty and food insecurity in Africa.
  • To increase the visibility of strong partnership and alliance such as AfDB, World Bank, BMGF, IFAD AGRA and others through leveraging resources in addressing food security needs.
  • To mobilize public and private partnerships to drive long-term sustainable agribusiness growth and transformation through proven agriculture technologies and good practices.
  •  To mobilize partnerships and resources to scale up agriculture productivity in Africa.
  • To increase resources to scale up agriculture productivity, industrialization/ commercialization, creating jobs by adding value to Africa agriculture investment programs.

Discussion points for presenters and participants:

  • TAAT, the solution to engendering the transformation needed to address the widespread of poverty and food insecurity in Africa and stem these from worsening.
  • The importance of strong partnerships and innovation platforms to address agriculture transformation in Africa.
  • The dissemination and adaptation of technologies for the small holder farmer.
  • Financing TAAT through via public and private investments.
  • Policies support and challenges in transforming Agriculture in Africa

Target Audience:

  • Development partners
  • Policy makers
  • Academia and research institutions
  • Private sectors
  • Potential investors (equity funds, foundations, MNCs, etc.).

Focal points for the side event