It has been noted with regret that Africa imports huge quantities of foods that can be produced on the spot. The cost of this import according to AfDB, amounts to 35 billion dollars, standing for 2000 billion CFA to import products such as rice, corn, chicken etc.
To reverse the trend, the program of Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) has been launched.
"When we grow one hectare of corn, we harvest one or two tons but our colleagues in Asia harvest 4 or 5 tons. The first thing to do is to increase our productivity. It is weak because we use old methods, old technology. Nowadays, we have technologies that can double, triple or even quadruple the productivity of agriculture but our producers don't have access to these technologies," regrets Dr. Mpoko BOKANGA, technical coordinator of TAAT.
It appears clearly that the main mission of TAAT is to enable the different countries of the continent to significantly increase their productivity as is done elsewhere.
TAAT's priority interventions focused on scaling up proven technologies in the value chains of beans, cassava, fish farming, small ruminants, maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugar, peanut, orange-fleshed sweet potato and wheat.
Now it also includes soybeans, yams, coffee, cocoa, cashews, palm oil, horticulture and cowpea.
"There are a number of speculations that can only be considered as priority speculations, we look at where we spend a lot of our revenue to buy food that we could not import so that we can put these recipes on health, education and other development needs," explains Dr. BOKANGA.
These value chains are supported in their implementation by expert facilitators in capacity development, soil fertility, water management and armyworm management.
Based in Benin, TAAT operates currently in 31 countries, including Togo, where it is positioning itself to boost peasant’s productivity in the Agropolis zone of Kara in rice, maize, soybean, poultry and aquaculture sectors.
"We have high performance technologies and the government would like these technologies to be adopted here in Togo as well. We will establish a roadmap to see how these technologies can be introduced in a positive and sustainable way in Togo," he told agridigitale.