Funded by the World Bank (WB), the project helped develop new agricultural technologies in order to promote sustainable agriculture in the sub region.
Significant investment was made in six (6) years of the project in Togo. From 2011 to 2017, the World Bank has granted the country with a gift of 12 million dollars for the project.
Arrived in term, WAAPP was lengthened to two years (2017-2019) to capitalize all the gains and got again from the World Bank, in June 2017, an additional funding, this time, a credit of $ 10 million.
To understand the achievements of the project and the impact on the lives of the rural world, Agridigitale newspaper met on Monday, Dr. Janet ADOU RAHIM ALIMI, operational coordinator, representative of WAAPP-Togo.
They are many and affect several areas.
Strengthening the sub-region cooperation
In the area of the strengthening of cooperation under regional in matters of development, dissemination and adoption of agricultural technologies, the project enabled compliance of Togo with the Community regulations on the seeds and the pesticides.
Compliance has helped the country to share easily the technologies with other countries of ECOWAS. The empowerment of management of agricultural seeds and Plants (CSP) and the (DPV) Plant Protection management to apply the Community rules on seeds and pesticides respectively.
Strengthening of the search system
The reinforcement of ability of the Togolese Institute of Agricultural Research (ITRA) and the Institute of Council and Technical Support (ICAT) through the rehabilitation of infrastructure, facilities and degree courses and continuous resulted: at the level of ITRA, an improvement of the framework, tools of research, the functionality of the research stations and the research capacity of researchers.
They also allowed a better connection of ITRA with sub regional research system and a strengthening of the production capacity of the basic seeds and enhancers breeding sheep and goats.
Then, at the level of the ICAT, improvement of working conditions with greater mobility of agricultural consultants, extension tools improved and technical capabilities of the staff.
The generation of technology
The project helped to improve the stock of available technologies to significantly improve agricultural productivity. It supported: the generation of 7 technologies: multifunctional gin, extractor and seeds of squash, Solar dryer huller type greenhouse, varieties of Chili, poultry breeding, technic of stabilization of local beer, technical conditioning of manure; adaptation of 8 other technologies made up of varieties of maize, rice and cassava high yield.
Dissemination of technology
The project helped the propagation of 15 technologies through sub projects funded and collaborations with ICAT. These propagations of technologies have affected more than 225,000 producers and covered 114.483 ha.
On the seed sector
Interventions of the project allowed to realize: a significant increase in the production of certified seed which has overall doubled from 1260 tons in 2012 to nearly 2600 tons in 2015, including 1674 for the corn and 751 for rice .
Then, an improvement in the rate of coverage in certified seed which fell 4.2 percent to 12 percent for maize and 6% to 15% for rice thank to the facilitation of access to certified seed funded the project.
Finally, interventions have allowed a performance improvement of seeds that went from 1.2 to 1.7 tons for maize and 1.7 to 2.5 tons for rice.
The supports of the project also helped to create three ESOP (businesses and Services of producer Organizations) of seeds and three ESOP of transformation of meats, permanently linking producers to the market.
What to keep in terms of achievements?
The gains in terms of added value in 6 years of performance are huge. It include among others: yields and revenue gains related to the adoption of technologies made available by the project; new improved technologies implemented by the project, make it easier for the technology exchanges between Togo and other countries of ECOWAS; Agricultural training centers rehabilitated and equipped for the training of farmers on technologies, rehabilitated and laboratories equipped for the analysis of soils and fertilizers and the analysis of the quality of agricultural products for exportation; Efficient quality of fertilizer and seed certification system; ESOP seeds created and functional (Mango, Atakpamé, Blitta); ESOP created and functional meat (Atakpamé, Blitta and Notsé); Mobile units, processing and packaging of seeds, management of proximity by agricultural advisers reinforced etc.
Should we conclude that with these results, the challenge of inclusive rural development is won?
In General, the projects that have been developed under the program under the national programme of agricultural investment and food safety (PNIASA), like WAAPP-Togo is basically intended to reduce poverty, create wealth and well-being to the producers and the rural world in general.
In the case of WAAPP-Togo, its implementation allowed the level of the beneficiary producers of gains of productivity due to the adoption of new improved technologies that allowed the gains in income for these producers.
In addition, WAAPP-Togo helped to create jobs in rural areas by supporting and funding sub projects and other income-generating areas of income brought by the actors of the rural world.
How these achievements will be finally capitalized?
To encourage the adoption of technologies, WAAPP - Togo and its partners have developed a strategy dissemination and acceleration of the adoption of the technology.
This strategy is based on: the establishment and operationalization of a system and communication plan on the technologies identified including those related to gender (development of communication media, dissemination of technology through the different communication channels).
Promoting an approach to a synergy of action of all those involved in the dissemination of technologies. At this level, it facilitates and supports multi partnership actions for the dissemination of technology through effective tools with various actors of the agricultural sector among others: utilities to support Council, the apex of organizations of producers, NGOs, the MAEP and other ministries.
The implementation of the specific actions of support to the adoption of technologies. He is here to create specific facilities to each type of promoted technology and encourage rapid and sustainable adoption by the actors of the priority chains of value.
The main difficulties encountered in the implementation of the project are the slowness in the procurement process and the mobilization of counterpart funds for the realization of planned investments.
Compared to these difficulties, it appears necessary to better anticipate the activities of procurement planning and to be surrounded with specific expertise and confirmed to do the technical evaluation studies of the proposed work and alleviate the consideration for the State in the budgets of the investment projects.