A Study released by The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) states, West Africa has the potential to strengthen its agricultural sector by boosting productivity, fostering competitiveness and ensuring small-scale farmers have adequate access to open markets. Thus, West Africa achieving its full agricultural potential.
The study reasons that the region should direct greater efforts to developing staple food crops, which in the past had been sidelined in favour of a few export commodities.
Maize and cassava, two of the main pillars of West Africa’s food security, could form the backbone for a thriving agro-industry, given their multiple market applications.
The study underscores the importance of continued investment in export crops such as cotton, coffee and cocoa, which play a significant role in generating income and employment, and flags tropical fruit and vegetables and other emerging niche products like sesame and cashew nuts as another viable area for export growth.
The study conclusion underlines that, countries need to prioritize credit and resources for #women, who are the central role in the staple food value chains of the region.
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