The CSIR-Crops Research Institute has over the years organized several international research and training programs to enhance the capacity of various actors in the crop production chain.  The Agricultural Productivity Technology Centre (APTC) of the institute in collaboration with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), recently organized one of such international workshops with the aim of enhancing entrepreneurship development in root and tuber crops production in the West Africa sub – region. The workshop took place at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute from 17th to 28th July, 2017. A total of 28 participants from 14 different West African countries including Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, Liberia, Nigeria and Ghana were taken through series of technological training and other business-oriented programs in entrepreneurship.

The workshop discussed issues from the planting stage to final delivery of product. It is hoped that application of this knowledge will enhance agribusiness development as well as root and tuber crops production in West Africa.

Below are pictures from the workshop.


Participants at the workshop being trained on the proper handling of cassava planting materials.

Dr. Ernest Baafi, a sweetpotato breeder at the CSIR-CRI leading one of the sessions.

Participants also visited the root and tuber fields at the institute.

Participants were divided into smaller groups to enhance the discussions.

Dr. Ernest Baafi of CSIR-CRI explaining a technology to one of the groups.

Participants listen attentively as a presentation is being made.


Participants were introduced to new technologies in root and tuber development


Participants were introduced to new technologies         Participants also visited the screen houses at the

in root and tuber development                                        institute

Participants were presented with certificates after the workshop