TAAT launch signifies new day for African agriculture
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IITA hosted scientists, technologists, economists, development partners, and program specialists from partner organizations to inaugurate Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), in Ibadan on 22–24 January. TAAT, a multi-year, multi-partner program, was conceptualized based on “Africa Feeding Africa” as a pillar of the Feed Africa Initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB). It aims to bring agro-technologies to scale among farmers in Africa.
In his welcome address, IITA DDG, Partnerships for Delivery, Dr Kenton Dashiell, commended the spirit of enthusiasm and cooperation among participants. He said: “If I would bring a group of people together to make plans for transforming agriculture in Africa, this is the team I would pick.” He urged participants to go into countries and do country planning as “real success will only come by working together with teams within a country that align perfectly with the goals of that country and what the governments see as their priorities for agriculture.”