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Building an African Agricultural Value Chain

The AfDB-funded Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation initiative (TAAT) is directing proven technologies across the African landscape. With tens of millions of smallholder farmers potentially benefiting from TAAT, the initiative is bringing a green revolution closer to home. TAAT is active in 28 Sub-Saharan African countries and seeks to encourage countries to work together on harmonising policies and regulations to allow farmers efficiently to access and make use of technologies like improved certified seeds, livestock and fish across borders and agro-ecological zones. A large part of the ‘tech’ in TAAT, is around improved seeds, providing higher yields and greater resilience to drought, heat, pests and other stressors. The initiative aims to increase African food production by 120m tonnes over the next 8-10 years – a figure worth some $1.5 to $2.8bn, depending on future market prices.

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Alastair Tempest

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