TAAT Cassava Compact: Supporting the Togolese Government Initiative on cassava

10 July 2019

The agricultural sector occupies an important place in the economy of Togo, significantly contributing to the gross domestic product. The cassava subsector has been identified to have high growth potential for contributing to job creation, improved incomes, and living conditions of people. Despite the diversity of products that can be derived from cassava for industrial application and export, the processing of cassava in Togo remains artisanal and traditional cassava products such as fufu, gari, or tapioca have had limited commercial transactions.

The Togolese government therefore launched a Presidential Initiative on Cassava to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, improved livelihoods, and job creation, and promote cassava as a foreign exchange earner.

The development of the cassava subsector in Togo is a key component of a national effort at diversifying the Togolese economy to generate employment, contribute to food security, and sustain incomes for the populace. To achieve these, the government identified IITA, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Cassava Compact of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) as integral partners in achieving the objectives of the Presidential Initiative.

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