The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) initiated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries is part of the implementation of the agricultural sector of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). WAAPP aims to support regional cooperation in West Africa agriculture that reflects the action plans for managers of agricultural policy of ECOWAS and NEPAD. It receives financial support from the World Bank and sub-regional coordination is provided by the West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD/CORAF).

The programme which started as WAAPP-1 in 2008 and continued to a second phase as WAAPP-2 in 2013 aims at contributing to sustainable increases in agricultural productivity in national and regional priority sectors. These are more likely to increase the agricultural growth rate for the participating countries and provide support to regional integration as an instrument to promoting shared growth. The program has a developmental goal to intensify generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies in the agricultural priority commodities of the participating countries. Reaching this objective implies the strengthening of regional cooperation in the generation of technologies; scaling up dissemination and developing collaborative mechanisms.

•  Who should attend?

We invite all root and tuber crops value chain actors including; research scientists, students and other experts addressing topics in the above fields. Women and young scientist are particularly encouraged to report on their research activities.

•  Conference theme

The conference theme – Research in root and tuber crops value chain: The hope for food security in the ECOWAS sub region” - seeks to promote integrated agriculture research for development that focuses on participatory research approach for a sustainable value chain development for Yam (Dioscorea spp.), Cassava (Manihot esculenta spp.), Cocoyam (Xanthosoma & Colocassia spp.), and Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).

•  Conference structure

The conference is organized into four main sections based on the four root and tuber crops (Cassava, yam, cocoyam and sweetpotato) and under the sub-theme: “Towards sustainable productivity: Root and Tuber Crops value chain research and development” The conference will begin with an opening session, followed by plenary and working group sessions. The plenary session is fashioned on open keynote papers in the following areas:
1. Marketing and commercialization as a driving force for development of root and tuber crops.
2. Value addition to Root and Tuber crops: the way forward
3. Towards integrated Research and Extension delivery: a key for sustainable development.
4. Technology and innovations in R&T development.

• Date and Venue:
May 1 to 7, 2016 CSIR-CRI, Fumesua, Ghana. CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Fumesua-Kumasi, Off Accra-Kumasi Highway, Ghana (5 km away from EJISU or KNUST)


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