The objective of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) Support Project is to generate and disseminate improved technologies in the participating countries' top priority areas that are aligned with the region's top priorities, as identified by Central Africa Counsel for Agricultural Research (CORAF).
These include roots and tubers in Ghana; rice in Mali; and cereals in Senegal. The project has four main components.
• The first component is enabling conditions for regional cooperation in technology generation and dissemination. This aims at strengthening the mechanisms and procedures for the dissemination of technology, as to allow countries to benefit fully from the regional cooperation in technology generation that is being promoted. This component targets:
a) common regulations related to genetic materials, pesticides and other crop protection products;
b) national registration committees for genetic materials and pesticides in the participating countries; and
c) information system on agricultural technologies and research skills at the regional level.
• The second project component is the national centers of specialization, this aims at strengthening the alignment of national priorities with regional priorities within participant countries' national agricultural research systems (NARS).
• The third project component is funding of demand driven technology generation and adoption which aims at strengthening priority-focused, transparent funding mechanisms for demand-driven agricultural R&D within participating countries.
• The fourth and final component is the project coordination, management, monitoring and evaluation. This aims at establishing an effective coordination, management and M&E system at the national and regional levels.
Ismael S. Ouedraogo