The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Policy Enabler
Access to and use of improved seed is one of the most significant challenges for African farmers. TAAT Policy Enabler facilitates the creation of an enabling policy environment to facilitate technology deployment and adoption by farmers by creating a strong seed system, increasing access and availability of quality seeds, harmonising regional technology release and registration policies, and facilitating competitive value-added chains. It also provides policy support across other AfDB TAAT compacts and responds to and addresses other commodity-specific policy bottlenecks that may require redress. AATF is leading the TAAT Policy Enabler Project that is jointly implemented with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF)/WECAD and Market Matters Inc. The Project is an initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
1) Create a strong seed system for regional member countries (RMCs) via an evaluation and preparation of interventions (financed as part of TAAT country programs) that can be effectively disseminated to the seed industry
2) Increase access and availability of quality seeds via accreditation of seed, fertiliser, and agro-input suppliers.
3) Harmonise regional technology release and registration policies through the study of existing protocols and enactment of relevant policies that improve cross-boundary movement of seeds and agricultural goods.
4) Facilitate competitive value-added chains through an analysis of existing value chain studies and synthesis of policies that create market incentives for farmers and agribusinesses.