Togo

Overview

Country Togo Capital : Lome

Togo has a population of over 7.7 million.

Togo benefits from one of the highest standards of living on the continent due to its valuable phosphate deposits and a well-developed export sector based on agricultural products such as coffee, cocoa beans and peanuts (groundnuts).

Staple crops include corn (maize), cassava (manioc), rice, yams, sorghum, millet and peanuts; export crops include cocoa beans (harvested from cacao trees), coffee, shea nuts, cotton and palm kernels.

64-70% of the food energy consumed in Togo comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

The Crop Trust has supported 5 projects in Togo

  1. Cowpea: The Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA) received support from the Crop Trust to regenerate and characterize 78 cowpea accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  2. Millets: The Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA) received support from the Crop Trust to regenerate and characterize 34 pearl millet accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  3. Sorghum: The Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA) received support from the Crop Trust to regenerate and characterize 143 sorghum accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  4. Yam: The Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA) received support from the Crop Trust to regenerate and characterize 234 yam accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops. 89 accessions are safety duplicated at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
  5. Yam: The Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA) received funding from the Crop Trust to survey 50 yam producing villages in Togo with the aim of gathering information for farmers and breeders to facilitate access to existing yam diversity. In addition, passport data of 1314 yam accessions from Togo held by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) was also reviewed.