TAAT launch signifies new day for African agriculture
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.”