TAAT Policy Enabler

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.


TAAT Enabling Policy will increase farmer access to seed bringing the number of farmers in Africa using improved seeds from 30 percent to 60 percent within the next 8-10 years

Creation of market incentives through facilitation of competitive value added chains

Increase the proportion of African farmers using improved seeds from 30 percent to 60 percent within the next 8-10 years

Increase in value addition in Africa from $40 of value added to one ton of processed products to US$80 due to increased value addition created by reliable and competitive supply of feedstock.



African Development Bank AfDB is supporting AATF in executing the Maize Compact and Enabling Policy Compact under their program Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)

Project Contacts


Dr. Francis Nang’ayo

Senior Manager, Regulatory Matters