TOGO – Togo took center stage at the ongoing 2023 Doha International Horticultural Expo in Qatar with a dedicated “Togo Day” on February 17, 2024, which offered a unique platform for the country to present its agricultural assets, with protocol ceremonies, traditional dances, and a visit to the Togolese pavilion.

Comlan Nomadoli Yakpey, Secretary General, representing Kayi Mivedor-Sambiani, Minister of Trade and Handicrafts, underscored the Togolese government’s commitment to enhancing agricultural productivity while ensuring environmental sustainability. Yakpey’s introductory remarks highlighted Togo’s strides in the sector.

Mr. Mohammad Ali Al-Khouri, Secretary General of Expo 2023 Doha, praised Togo’s political and economic journey during the event.

He emphasized the investment opportunities the country offers, a sentiment echoing beyond its borders. “Togo’s participation in the Expo is a testament to its commitment to sustainable development,” Al-Khouri noted.

The Togolese pavilion provided a visual feast of the country’s agricultural diversity, featuring products such as coffee, cocoa, soy, gari, and tapioca.

This showcase aimed to not only spotlight Togo’s agricultural richness but also to foster international partnerships.

The ongoing Doha International Horticultural Expo, themed “A green desert, a better environment,” has drawn participation from 80 countries.

The event, running from October 2, 2023, to March 28, 2024, serves as a global platform for sharing innovations in sustainable horticulture.

Significant boost to Togo’s horticulture sector

Last year, Togo secured funding of USD 29.8 million (18.5 billion CFA francs) from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the “Food for Progress” program.

The initiative, aimed at improving and strengthening Togo’s horticultural sector, will be executed by the Lutheran World Relief (LWR), an American organization selected for its expertise in sustainable agricultural practices.

This financial injection, a first for Togo under the “Food for Progress” program, signifies a pivotal moment for the country’s agricultural growth.

The LWR is actively recruiting a top management team to oversee the implementation of the program over the next five years.

Togo has previously received support from the USDA, including a recent release of 20 billion FCFA for a school canteen initiative under the “McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.”

The combined efforts of showcasing horticultural potential on the international stage and securing substantial funding reflect Togo’s commitment to advancing its agricultural landscape, fostering sustainability, and contributing to global conversations on horticulture and food security.

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