WAAPP is a two-phase, 10 year Adoptable Program, each of 5 year duration. The first of WAAPP involves three countries - Ghana, Mali and Senegal. The priority commodities for the WAAP which have International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD/ CORAF) in 2006, identified roots and tubers, livestock, rice, cereals among others as the commodities that make the greatest contribution to the region’s agricultural growth and productions’ benefit, from research and development. The specific country commodities are as follows: root and tubers for Ghana; rice for Mali and drought – tolerant cereals for Senegal.
The development objective of the program is to contribute to agricultural productivity increase in the participating countries’ top commodity sub-sectors that are aligned with regional priorities.
WAAPP has four components:
Description of Project Components
Component 1: Enabling Condition for Regional Cooperation is Technology Generation and Dissemination
Objective of the component is to strengthen the mechanisms and procedures governing the registration and release of technology products (genetic materials, pesticides) to make them available for domestic use and distribution and trade in neighbouring countries.
Key areas to focus on are:
The project will support:
c) Information system on agricultural technologies and research skills at the regional level.
The project will support WECARD/CORAF’s effort to improve on its web-based information designed to disseminate improved technologies and provide information on research skills.
Component 2: National Centre of Specialisation (NCOS)
The objective is to strengthen the alignment of national priorities with regional priorities. The general thinking is that countries should focus on their top Research and Development (R&D) priorities if they are to make the best use of scarce resources and achieve meaningful results.
The Key areas to focus on are:
Component 3: Funding of Demand-Driven Technology Generation and Adoption
The objective of the component is to strengthen more priority-focused, transparent funding mechanisms for demand-driven agricultural R&D on the country’s priority commodity. It is envisaged that focusing the R&D on the country priority commodity will make technologies developed relevant to th e region. The R&D activities should cover all key constraints along the supply chain of the country’s priority commodity. The project will also support the transfer of on-the shelf agricultural technologies with potential for quick impact.
The funding mechanism that will be used is the competitive agricultural research grant scheme. However, there will be limited non-competitive core funding for projects with strong buy in from major stakeholders.
Components 4: Project Coordinator,
Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
The objective of the component is to establish effective:
The National Project Co-ordinator
Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Box M37, Accra