West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (Waapp-Ghana) National Centre of Specialization on Root and Tuber Crops Regional Conference.Theme: Research in Root and Tuber Crops Value Chain Development: The Hope for Food Security in the ECOWAS Sub Region. Date 1st to 7th May, 2016 at CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Fumesua-Kumasi, Ghana.


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The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (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) and aims to support regional cooperation in agriculture in West Africa in accordance with the action plans for managers in the agricultural policy of ECOWAS and NEPAD. It receives financial support from the World Bank and sub-regional coordination of the program is provided by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development in Africa (WECARD/CORAF).

The program which started as WAAPP-1A in 2008 and continued as WAAPP-2A in 2013 aims at contributing to sustainable increases in agricultural productivity in national and regional priority sectors that 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. These supports have 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. To achieve this, the National Centre of Specialization (NCoS) in Ghana, CSIR-Crops Research Institute organized regional conference to create a platform to strengthen National and Regional multidisciplinary networks and for identification, planning and implementation of common research problems and solutions on root and tuber value chain development in the different countries in the WAAPP.

The main objective of the workshop was to share knowledge on root and tuber crops value chain research and development activities in the sub region, and establish effective networking groups in the development of concept notes that addresses regional common issues. Specifically the workshop or conference was to create a platform for identification of common regional agricultural research problems and develop conceptual notes for further development.