TAAT is a program led by IITA on behalf of 12 CG Centers and works in collaboration with FARA, AVRDC, Africa Harvest and others. The program offers a wide range of tested approaches to increased agricultural productivity and technology delivery. These approaches shall be placed within the context of projects initiated by the Bank and modified to suit the needs and capabilities of national priorities and programs.

This Identification and Preparation Workshop served as a response to the Action Plan for Agricultural Transformation in Africa resulting from the Dakar High Level Conference and its stated need “To execute a bold plan to achieve rapid agricultural transformation across Africa through raising agricultural productivity. This will be led with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and national agricultural research systems and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. This will involve close partnership between the African Development Bank, the World Bank and development partners to ensure increased financing for agricultural research and development along the value chains”.

The main objective of this workshop was to provide an avenue for invited participants to contribute to the identification and preparation of the program both in terms of approach and the technical content of the planned process. In order to achieve this objective, the Methodology used included plenary sessions (that also included some key PowerPoint presentations), facilitated parallel working group sessions (and related presentations that occured in the plenary), and discussion sessions (both in Working Groups and Plenary sessions). There were guidance notes for the preparation of the presentations for the plenary sessions and also the work by the working groups.

The workshop brought together various stakeholders in this Feeding Africa (TAAT) Program including:
Members of the 12 CGIAR Centres that expressed interest and support for the Program,
National Agricultural Research and Extension Partners that also expressed interest and support for the Program, Various Development Partners ready to co-invest in and co-develop the program, Private Sector Partners willing to participate actively in the formulation and implementation of the Program.