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Technology Brokerage takes centre stage as WATEF ends

Experts and participants at the first edition of the West Africa Technology Fair (WATEF) have underlined the need to strengthen Regional Centres of Excellence (RCE) as a model  for expanding technology brokerage and sharing of expertise and resources in West Africa. To achieve this, participants called for an urgent support mechanism for these centres at […]


Since its advent in Africa in early 2016, the Fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda has become the most damaging insect pest of maize in sub-Saharan Africa and is a threat to national and regional food security particularly in regions where maize is the stale food crop.


ENABLE-TAAT, as one of the 15 compacts of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program, has become an integral part of the six ‘Enablers’ which serves as a link in bridging the gap, and offering specialized services in the dissemination of modern agricultural technologies being championed along the selected commodity value chains of TAAT.


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) led Water Enabler Compact (TAAT-WEC) stands uniquely as a pillar for meeting water needs in crop production systems.  IWMI – whose mandate is to ensure a water secure world – has committed to making its proven irrigation and water management technologies available on a massive scale to lift smallholder farmers across Africa out of poverty.


The Soil Fertility Enabler works in synergy with TAAT commodity crops compacts and other enablers for effectiveness in scaling up agriculture input-based technologies for accelerated productivity growth, resilience and improved livelihoods.


The Capacity training and development Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) undertakes capacity building at all levels within partner institutions and within the Priority Intervention Areas (PIAs) and their value chains. FARA ensures that the thematic content of capacity development activities and modules are designed and administered in consultation with appropriate and qualified entities, including relevant and participating CGIAR Centers.


The TAAT programme seeks to facilitate widespread and large-scale deployment of proven productivity enhancing agricultural technologies in Africa. This process is often hindered by a range of policy, regulatory and institutional bottlenecks. These are weak and inefficient seed systems governing variety release, certification and registration; deficiencies in the policy and regulatory environment resulting in slow domestication and [...]