WAAPPWest Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (World Bank)
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Also speaking, the Coordinator of WAAPPP Nigeria, Dr Jame Apochi said 'the objective of WAAPP is to develop technology through research that will be disseminated, adopted by farmers that will lead to increased agriculture productivity, we have just finished the first phase of the project, instead of having the second phase, we are going to have the West African agriculture Transformation Program.
At a 2-day capacity building workshop on the greenhouse technology for regional development officers and agricultural extension agents at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, Mrs Azara Al-Mamshie, the National Co-ordinator of WAAPP Ghanathis made this announcement.
Mrs Al-Mamshie described that the second stage of the WAAPP project was hoped to profit 700,000 individuals along the value chain at the end of the project's cycle of which 40% ought to be women.
She said as an outcome, WAAPP Ghana was boosting the greenhouse technology as a means of accelerating yields and revenues of vegetable farmers all over the nation.
Mrs Al-Mamshie stated that WAAPP had over the years undertaken a huge dissemination drive in the area of enhanced technologies, like newly released varieties pertinent to root and tubers, cereal and legumes, poultry, livestock and food processing.
"It may interest you that WAAPP has recorded many success stories, aquaculture is the priority commodity for WAAPP-NIGERIA Nigeria, however WAAPP is working on other commodities which were derived from a study carried out by the International Food Policy R?esearch Institute (IFPRI) and CORAF in 2006, and includes roots abd tubers, livestock, poultry, rice, sorghum and maize.
It uses achievements as a springboard, and will therefore be built on the achievements of the first phase of WAAPP to better support the improvement and alignment of national standards and regulations with those of ECOWAS
The WAAPP is a regional project designed to scale-up the generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies in Ghana s priority agricultural commodity areas aligned with the sub-regions top agricultural commodity priorities, said the bank.
With the inclusion of six new countries Benin, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Togo the World Bank s West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) will contribute to achieving increased economic growth and help reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the sub-region.
The WAAPP is expected to provide a regional framework for ECOWAS countries to collaborate in the implementation of national and regional agricultural strategies for technology generation and dissemination.
Launched in 2007, the first phase of WAAPP has already shown successful results in Ghana, Mali and Senegal in setting up centers of specialization for agricultural research and increasing cooperation among researchers and institutions among the participating countries.
WAAPP is being implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture of Liberia.