The African Development Bank’s Technologies for Agricultural Transformation in Africa (TAAT) program is increasingly recognized as stories emerge of its impact across the continent.
TAAT’s acclaim comes at the right time ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, where the African Development Bank will showcase its role as a global leader on climate action. TAAT has been instrumental in supporting communities that have been made vulnerable by weather conditions linked to climate change.
The innovative agriculture initiative has provided 11 million farmers in 29 African countries with technologies such as drought-tolerant maize, heat-resistant wheat, high-yielding seed varieties and seed treatments to protect themselves. against pests such as the fall armyworm, which has devastated African cultures. in waves of hungry, winged swarms.
The TAAT program recently gained global recognition when a digital campaign demonstrating its impact received a Golden Stevie from the International Business Awards for a video series that chronicles the impact of TAAT. The 2021 International Business Awards attracted more than 3,700 nominations from 65 countries.
The Bank’s video series on TAAT’s impact was released during the 2021 High Level Dialogue on Food to Africa. The videos told the stories of farmers who benefited from the program. They have been passed on to over a dozen heads of state, world leaders and thousands of high-level online participants.
“The 17 heads of state and others who watched would have been impressed with the quality of the film and, more importantly, the program itself. The excellent initiative, ”wrote a judge who recognized the challenges of documentary film production during the Covid-19 lockdowns.
“These programs are so necessary to bring about positive change and this documentary shows it perfectly,” said another member of the jury.
“I connected emotionally with every video provided… the documentary captured wonderful, intimate and sensitive interviews with people. It became personal and heartfelt,” noted another judge.
This 18th edition of the International Business Awards recognizes exceptional organizations and highlights their positive contributions on a global scale. Last year, the Bank won a Gold Stevie for its 2019 annual report in the publication category and a bronze medal for the accompanying video for the report.
This year’s other winners are Google, IBM, Yapi Kredi, DHL Express Worldwide, Dubai Municipality and Tata Consultancy Services. The winners will receive their prizes at a virtual ceremony to be held on December 8, 2021.