December 10, 2023

IsDB, TAAT and Partners strategise on Cassava value chain transformation

A group photo of some of the participants

With a focus on fast-tracking the adoption of improved technologies for raising cassava productivity and building robust cassava value chains, the Islamic Development Bank hosted recently, a capacity-building event on its Regional Cassava Value Chain Initiative for Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire,

The event, which held from 12-14 December 2023, was organised in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Government of Cote d’Ivoire, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Other partners at the event included the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and Manobi Africa.

Participants at the event comprised stakeholders from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Togo and Sierra Leone.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Hon. Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, lauded the initiative as it reinforces the partnership to achieve common goals of improved food security and increased incomes.

The workshop provided an opportunity to showcase TAAT’s commitment to strengthening the cassava value chain through sustainable seed systems and the engagement of women and youth in agribusiness-led entrepreneurship schemes.