Commercial Products (COMPRO) is a project that aims to institutionalize quality assurance mechanisms and facilitate rapid dissemination of top quality commercial products to increase yields and improve the food security of smallholder farmers in Africa.
COMPRO II is therefore the second phase of the project, funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through a grant to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). IITA works with various partners from the public and the private sectors in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda for the implementation of the project activities.
The project has increased awareness of over half a million smallholder farmers on benefits associated with high quality commercial products and risks related to ineffective products. In addition, through a public private partnership approach, the effective products have been experimented by over 100,000 households and showed significant yield improvement.
The project has also built the capacity of target countries in quality monitoring for commercial products and soil fertility management through supporting 12 MSc and 5 PhD fellows and training of over 100 professionals.
In nutshell, quality control of commercial products has been given the highest priority. Regulatory frameworks have been developed in the six project countries in participatory manner, while discussion on harmonization of the requirements as well as equivalence of data and mutual recognition is work in progress.