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More than welcome Alexandra, specific to your offer to work with the value chain towards a women's network of Agro processing in the region, it would be great to focus on existing innovation platforms to improve and scale up while working in the marketing segment to feed into existing demands...

It would be great to have a program schedule for your upcoming event down this July...


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Excellent recapitulatif des prealables d'une mise a echelle des acquis WAAPP-PPAAO, mais aussi un facteur d'economie d'echelle pour la BAD s'il advenait qu'elle se soit decidee de prendre en charge la continuite des projets WAAPP.

Merci du detail de telles procedures!

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Specific to WAAPP-PPAAO Component 3 in respect to countries where it’s prevalent, the motto remains per say, Support to Demand-driven Technology Generation, Dissemination and Adoption through:

  1. Demand-driven Technology Generation
  2. Support to Accelerated Adoption of Released Technologies
  3. Facilitating Access to Improved Genetic Material.

As the notorious World Bank funded project is nearing to its end, the AfDB should envision taking charge from such institutional platform as to date WAAPP-PPAAO still provides state-of-the-art regional framework for ECOWAS countries to collaborate in the implementation of national and regional agricultural strategies for technology generation, dissemination and use in local farming systems. These interventions are expected to contribute to increased agricultural productivity and overall economic growth while reducing poverty in beneficiary countries alike.

Knowing that the above context is in itself the seeding ground for strong agricultural value chains and agro-industries for processed and packaged products readily available for the consumption market, it’s crucial to maintain such an ecosystem of prerequisites, for the longest time, the missing piece of  National Agricultural Investment Plans in Africa.

Now specific to that next level achievement, education, training and overhaul in product quality, hygiene and packaging remain a whole piece requiring outreach and communication as well to align such high quality value processed products to most international if not regional market entry requirements firsthand.

While revising a nutritional fact label for a set of producers I lately came across of the confusion by first line designer of such labels, putting in the label 350 Kcal where it should be 350 Cal only for a product meant to be exported... The difference is huge and can definitely turn away prospects looking for such exotic products from Africa.

In the example of Mali so far, achievements in fonio standard quality and end product diversification with other nutritious cereals or leaves, left the visitors at the Abidjan expo’ booth (June 2017) on their hunger for more… Rice and Milk as well to name a few have achieved near perfection processing and finesse in Mali to the point that, similar to its counterparts with WAAPP Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and alike, the AfDB could link up with such WAAPP entities and envision takeover at project completion, nearing for most as we speak and help promote public-private partnerships that will mostly benefit women in agribusiness, agro-processing and agro-industries.

On all the above aspects, my work has lately consisted in formulating marketing and packaging solutions specific to women processors of agricultural products for better income generation opportunities and resilience down the road.

If such embryos of product development opportunities were properly invested, our regional markets collectively under the ECOWAS comprise an area of 5,114,162 km2 (1,974,589 sq mi), and in 2016 had an estimated population of over 355 million inhabitants ready to take on. Our food deficits and respective droughts and conflicts related to environmental scourges could all find an answer in such flagship Transformation of Africa’s Agriculture Agenda.

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Good point Madalitso, I get that point over the project phasing out and at the same time the momentum built hitherto gone as well... I'm interested in local food processing projects formerly supported, in need of backup support in marketing and packaging, which I can possibly work with in Malawi in supplying better labelling as such has been a big blocking factor towards market access... Please advise!

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When you consider these:

-Misperception of Women role in post-harvest activities (which AfDB may take on to fix),

-50%–60% cereal grains loss during post-harvest processes (processing, storage…),

-Lack of appropriate technology use in the value chain (which AfDB may leverage),

-Cumbersome chokepoints in African Intra trade environment;

-Lack of donor input coordination mechanisms along with value chain and gender in Africa’s Agriculture.

All the above, each in respect to their chain of effects, impacting actual productivity and value chain upscaling, limiting smallholders market outcome to the least of their production potential…This, no more no less is what the Bank has to be facing and addressing as the sole endogenous Financial Institution with the edge and leverage it takes, to overhaul development potentials across the regions, with focus to gender friendly policy framework.

In the absence of proper ownership claim expected of regional endogenous institutional organizations, unfortunately we will be witnessing devastating intrusions of foreign direct investment in policy matters affecting our ability to conduct intra trade initiatives in Africa.

Obviously regional trade integration has for so long been a strategic objective in Africa, despite limited successes in circumventing tariffs across regional communities, african domestic markets remain highly fragmented. For the AfDB to capture the full potential of its partner countries, there are a range of non-tariff and regulatory barriers that need to be addressed that are still raising  transaction costs and limit the movement of goods, services, people and capital across our borders in Africa. AfDB for example could be a great asset for African countries to serve, direct and leverage the formerly negotiated EPA imposed on by the EU… whilst similar unilateral deals are taking place across the region on a periodic basis, such contribute to disrupting our ability to trade and exchange among Africans and opens easy access channels to European markets with devastating consequences to local food security at large.

Just last month, in Berlin on Monday, 12 June 2017, Chancellor Merkel has invited the heads of state and government of African partner countries to the international G20 Africa Partnership Conference. How great and culturally competent would it be, if such partnership call was convened by a major African organization on more frequent basis…

Nigerian yam although well praised, is being subject to an initial extensive export phase for no less than 72 tons of yam to the United Kingdom. Food and Agricultural Organization estimated that Nigeria accounts for 61% of the total yam output in the world, but the tuber has not been exported until lately… Ghana stood to earn $4bn (£3bn) from its yam exports in the next three to four years. Like many other countries in Africa, Senegal with a difficult choice, between relying on the prospect of endogenous financial institutions taking charge, can only be perplexed, on the waiting bench: China pumping $60 billion into African development left Alassane Samba, the former head of Senegal’s Oceanic Research Institute, put it this way: “It’s hard to say no to China when they are building your roads.”…

Enough of a narrative to justify a renewed interest from the AfDB to capitalize on some sense of patriotic ownership, to spend time and money to build on already existing aggregates of research-based-evidence of our women AgroEntrepreneurs contributions and other actors of the Value Chain in Africa, to internalize the benefits of local financing opportunities, a long term return vehicle of endogenous development in Africa, for Africa, and not ONLY serving the expropriation enterprise of foreign financial interests already land masters on our own backyard.

For our women in the Transformation of Africa’s Agriculture, responsive policy choices are to be taken and properly applied with focus to sound outreach and communication, based on prevalent illiteracy rates within and across our constituents…