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“WAAPP-TAAT Collaboration Can Rapidly Transform Agriculture,” IITA official

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 an ambitious new technologies adoption program in Africa known as the Technologies for Africa’s Agriculture Transformation (TAAT), working collaboratively with other partners is obviously the right thing to do. When organizations bring together their comparative advantages, they can maximize impact and be more effective in the delivery of development results.

“Our expectation is basically to see how we can work together to deliver collaboratively rather than competitively,” says Dr. Chrysantus Akem, Program Manager of TAAT at IITA.

IITA is the main implementing agency of TAAT funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) while CORAF is the main implementing agency of the West Africa Agricultural Transformation Program (WAATP). The World Bank funds the latter and it goes operational at the end of 2018.

In mid-November, Dr. Chrysantus Akem participated in a meeting to develop the new West Africa Transformation Program (WAATP) at a workshop of major partners in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. CORAF communications team sat down with the senior IITA official. In the following interview, he provides insights on how he views the potential partnership with CORAF and other national, regional, and international partners.

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Crédits: AK-Project