TAAT holds High-level Consultative Workshop on Food Systems Transformation in South Sudan

TAAT holds High-level Consultative Workshop on Food Systems Transformation in South Sudan

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Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme is convening a two-day high-level consultative workshop on food systems transformation in South Sudan.

The workshop will be held from the 27th to the 28th of February 2024 in Juba, the South Sudanese capital.

The high-level workshop, which is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of South Sudan, brings together experts from food and agriculture experts from international organisations, the private sector and research institutions including TAAT compacts on Maize, Sorghum/Millet, Rice, Livestock, Policy, Capacity Development and Technology Transfer, Water Management and Youth in Agriculture.

According to Dr Solomon Gizaw, Head of the TAAT Clearinghouse, “TAAT is in South Sudan to consolidate plans for extensive engagement in the implementation of agricultural technology deployment and scaling activities as well as facilitate technical assistance to the country’s National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) across several ongoing projects.”

“This engagement will further identify and align the technology and technical assistance needs of South Sudan to ongoing projects and strategise on achieving synergy between the government, donor agencies and implementation partners,” Dr Gizaw added.

South Sudan has several African Development Bank-funded projects, including the South Sudan Emergency Food Production Programme (SSEFPP-1), South Sudan Country Food Security & Agricultural Delivery Compact, and the Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRiFi) Program – South Sudan.

Others include the Agricultural Markets, Value Addition and Trade Development Project (AMVAT-2); the Strengthening Emergency Preparedness and Response to Food Crisis (SEPAREF) project for Burundi, Comoros, Somalia, and South Sudan; and the Programme to Build Resilience for Food and Nutrition in the Horn of Africa through the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program. (BREFONS).

Equally in view for extensive consultations is the World Bank-funded  Resilient Agriculture Livelihood Project (RALP) for South Sudan with expected delivery timelines for deploying path-breaking maize, sorghum and groundnut value technologies, including breeder seed production and capacity building.

The two-day workshop will incorporate TAAT capacity development and technology outreach initiatives for the Research and Extension staff of South Sudan to enhance their output in addition to getting technical assistance on seed roadmaps, policy matters, technology delivery and adoption of climate-smart, farmer-preferred varieties and good agricultural practices.

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)  is an African Development Bank flagship programme that represents a transformative initiative to reverse the trend of declining food productivity in Africa.

TAAT’s primary objective is to introduce modern food production technologies to 40 million farmers across over 30 African countries, focusing on supporting young people and women in low-income regions. The programme operates through a Regional Food Technology Delivery Infrastructure comprising international, national, and regional research institutions, seed companies, extension service providers, and financial institutions, among other stakeholders.

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