His only challenge a few months before the end of the program is that beneficiaries can also do their part in the dissemination of the technologies developed in favor of the agricultural world.
"Those who have been fortunate and privileged to be beneficiaries have been selected among so many others, and their role is to share what they received (knowledge, technologies, materials) so that those who were not touched directly can also take advantage of it to realize the oil stain effect to provoke a much bigger transformation", invites WAAPP-Togo coordinator.
Initiated since 2011 by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with the financial support of the World Bank and coordinated by the West and Central African Council for Research and Agricultural Development (CORAF), the project has a development objective characterized by six indicators.
In Togo, it is placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Fisheries Production and is part of one of the major projects of the National Agricultural Investment and Food Security Program (PNIASA).
In relation to the six indicators, the first concerns the number of beneficiaries that the project must reach. At the end of July 2019, out of the 500,000 beneficiaries expected, the project reached 550,410 (110%).
The second indicator is the beneficiaries who use the technologies that the project introduced in the country. It was planned 100,000 but the project has affected at that same period, 98,351 (98%).
In the third indicator, where the technologies generated by the project and which have a yield increase of at least 15% compared to the baseline situation, 10 technologies were planned but the project generated 12 (120 %).
The fourth indicator targets the number of producers who have knowledge of the technologies disseminated through the project. At this level, the latest survey places the rate at 91% of the target. The fifth indicator is the areas covered by the technologies put in place by the project. Out of 350,000ha expected, the project affected 335,755ha (96%).
Finally, the sixth indicator informs about those who have adopted the technologies made available by the project. The target is 350,000 and the project has achieved 368,217 (105%).
What about realizations on the ground?
Among other achievements, the project has concretely enabled Togo to comply with the subregion regulations on seeds and pesticides that allow the country to easily exchange technologies with other ECOWAS countries.
Since then, we nocited the introduction of about twenty technologies composed mainly of improved and efficient varieties of various crops on one hand and the export of 5 technologies including seeds and agro-equipment to 9 countries of the subregion on the other hand.
Also, several departments of the Ministry of Agriculture (ITRA, ICAT, CAGIA, DPV, etc.) have seen their research system strengthened.
In the field of technology generation, the project has improved the stock of available technologies that can significantly improve agricultural productivity by supporting the generation of 15 technologies (Multifunctional Ginner, Pumpkin Seed Extractor and Sheller, Solar Dryer greenhouse type, chilli varieties, poultry broodstock, local beer stabilization technique, manure conditioning technique, mini tractor, harvester, thresher, roaster, gas oven, fruit fly control technology) and the adaptation of 8 others consisting of high yielding corn (4), rice (2) and cassava (2) varieties.
This is through the funding of 20 competitive subprojects and 5 commissioned research and development sub-projects and technology adaptation tests conducted by ITRA.
The project's support has also led to the creation of three seed ESOPs and three meat processing ESOPs that provide producers with sustainable connections to the market. In terms of jobs, it is estimated that the project has helped create more than 3,000 jobs.
"Overall, we are more than 90% of realization but, that is the situation in July.Today, it has evolved strongly but we are expecting a mission that will come in November and we will update all these data", says Dr. Assimiou to agridigitale.
Initially, the project was planned to end up in 2017, but thanks to the significant results of the initial phase, WAAPP-TOGO benefited from an additional phase for a two-year period in 2017 and should therefore end in 2019.