World Bank: Togo prepares major project in the agriculture sector

Wednesday, 15 November 2023 14:02
World Bank: Togo prepares major project in the agriculture sector

(Togo First) - Togo and the World Bank are working on a major project to transform and modernize the country’s agricultural industry. Filly Sissoko, resident representative of the Bank, revealed the initiative on November 13, in the Avé prefecture (around 50 km northwest of Lomé, the capital). 

Sissoko revealed that the project “is not a short term, but mid or long term project, going from five to 10 years, with important financing”. And according to the Institution he represents, it will cover the 2024-2030 period and cost $100 million. 

The project should focus on water management, mechanization of farming operations, proven technologies, quality inputs, and processing of agricultural products.

Filly Sissoko was in Avé with Marie-Chantal Uwanyiligira, World Bank Operations Director for Togo. The two were visiting the Planned Agricultural Development Zone of Agnron (ZAAP) in the prefecture. This is a government project backed by the World Bank.

On the occasion, Uwanyiligira said the Bretton Woods institution wants to bring the project to scale, ultimately helping agriculture “become a productive and contributing sector”. 

The ZAAP of Agnron covers several hectares and is occupied by 80 farmers–60 women and 20 men. From 2020 to now, the project helped increase the yields of its beneficiaries from 600 kg/ha to 3 t/ha.

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