TAAT: Soil Fertility Enabler
Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation: Soil Fertility Enabler
TAAT: Soil Fertility Enabler is scaling up agricultural input-based technologies for accelerated productivity growth, resilience, and improved livelihoods.
The TAAT program’s goal is to radically transform African subsistence-based agriculture to agriculture as entrepreneurship and business to support the “Feed Africa” pillar of the African Development Bank’s agricultural development strategy. TAAT is increasing agricultural productivity in Africa through the deployment of proven and high-performance agricultural technologies at scale along selected value chains, such as rice, maize, cassava, wheat, sorghum and millet, orange-flesh sweet potato, high-iron beans, livestock, and aquaculture. TAAT operates as a network of interacting “compacts,” with nine devoted to specific commodity value chains and six serving as “enablers” that provide specialist services, such as soil fertility, water management, capacity building, youth, policy, and Fall Armyworm control.
IFDC’s Role as Soil Fertility Enabler (SFE)
IFDC’s role is to lead the TAAT Soil Fertility Enabler, which is scaling up agriculture input-based technologies for accelerated productivity growth, resilience, and improved livelihoods.
- Facilitate a responsive private sector-led input delivery system to support the scaling up of agricultural input-based technologies. Mandated by the ECOWAS Commission and working with CORAF/PAIRED in harmonizing the seed and fertilizer sectors, IFDC will use this opportunity to accelerate implementation of the harmonized regional regulations on fertilizer trade and quality control. Development and strengthening of national capacity will be done by organizing training of fertilizer inspectors on regulations, quality control, and subsidy programs with available materials at IFDC. This will lead to the development of policy briefs aiming at removing major bottlenecks in the agri-input delivery system in collaboration with AATF policy and CORAF.
- Establishment of Regional Technology Delivery Infrastructure. The main activity planned in this component is the organization of two regional workshops (Anglophone and Francophone) on Training of Trainers (ToT) of agro-dealers and step-down trainings to reach a critical mass across 21 countries. Education and technology promotion materials are tailored for the seven target value chains. Digitization of training is used to accelerate scaling of training materials. In order to reach the desired scale, youth will be involved in collaboration with TAAT ENABLE-Youth in the step-down training.
- Deployment of Transformative Agri-Input Technologies. SFE is deploying the Soil SMaRT approach and microdosing and urea deep placement fertilizer technologies. SFE applies the principle of the 4Rs of fertilizer use (right source, right rate, right time, and right place), which will be included as toolkits along with compacts’ seed-based technologies for better crop harvest. In partnership with compacts, SFE will develop and distribute innovative and targeted communication materials to sensitize farmers on the technologies.
Donor: African Development Bank
Commodity value chain compacts and institutions supported: Sorghum/Millet (ICRISAT), Rice (AfricaRice), Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato (CIP), Wheat (ICARDA), High Iron Beans (CIAT), Cassava (IITA), and Maize (AATF).
Primary target countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, and Tanzania,
Secondary target countries: Togo, DRC, Niger, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Chad, Sudan, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.