The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Maize Compact
Scale out of high-impact, proven agricultural technologies, creating financial and market linkages and post-harvest investment is essential for transformation of Agriculture in Africa. Through support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), AATF is leading the TAAT Maize Compact in 13 African countries. The Project seeks to; increase uptake and use of elite high-yielding climate-smart maize hybrids and accompanying agronomic packages by smallholder farmers in SSA; increase profit margins in the maize value chain through improved market linkages, integrating digital techniques for a robust maize value chain, and increase the number of women and youth entrepreneurs in the maize production and entrepreneurship.
TAAT Maize Compact is scaling out the technologies in collaboration with both the public and private sector, with significant participation of commercial seed companies.
1) Increased uptake and use of high-yielding climate-smart maize hybrids from WEMA, DTMA, STMA, DTMASS, IITA and NARS maize breeding platforms by smallholder farmers.
2) Increased profit margins in the maize value chain through improved market linkages, value adding activities and agribusiness training and incubation.
3) Increased number of women and youth entrepreneurs and employment in the maize value chain during the tenure of the Project
Vision of Success/Goal
1) Reach at least 2 million households; 12 million farm family members in the 12 countries.
2) Increase maize productivity by at least 30%
3) Enhance incomes by at least 20% for those households involved in the maize value chain
4) At least 40%-women and 25%-youth involvement in the maize value chain by 2020
5) 12 million tons of maize grain generated from the Maize value chain