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  • WASP


  • 1. WEST AFRICA SEED PROGRAM (WASP) WASP an ECOWAS Program funded by USAID, implemented by CORAF/WECARD and hosted by WAAPP
  • 2.  To expand both the production and supply of good quality and improved certified seeds (OPV & Hybrid) from current 12% to 25% over the 5 year period of the program (2012 – 2017)
  • 3.  General Objective: To contribute to the sustainable improvement of agricultural production  Specific Objective: To increase sustainable production and use of good quality seeds of selected crop varieties in the region
  • 4. Main activities cover Par ticipating Countries :  Benin  Burkina Faso  Ghana  Mali  Niger  Nigeria  Senegal BUT Policy related activities will cover  All ECOWAS member states; and  Two CILSS countries that are not ECOWAS member states, namely Mauritania & Chad
  • 5.  Build an alliance for Seed Industry in West Africa  Support implementation of ECOWAS Seed Legislation and regulatory framework  Strengthen the capacities of the seed units of both private & public research organization to supply quality breeder seeds  Support active involvement of NSTAs & private sector in national seed industry affairs  Strengthen the agri – business capacity of the private sector
  • 6.  Neither public sector nor private sector, working alone, was able to ensure availability of agric inputs, including seeds, on a sustainable basis  Alliance provides a mechanism for the public and private sector stakeholders to share new ideas, expertise, financial resources and benefits from both partners Therefore, the Alliance will work together at the regional and national levels to address critical constraints and issues of mutual interest
  • 7.  Par tners such as USAID/WA, CGIAR Centers like IITA & ICRISAT, AfricaRice, WAAPP, EU, FAO, EMBRAPA, WB, ROPPA, AFDB, National Farmers’ Organization, International Seed Companies,  Others are AFSTA, AGRA, ICRISAT, CILSS, HUB - RURAL
  • 8.  NARIs     Breeder seed production Variety trials Variety maintenance Training  Coordination activities  Agric Extension Promotion of new varieties Fostering linkages between farmers & seed entrepreneurs   Governance issues  National Agric Seed Council   Nat. Seed Committees Nat Var Rel Committee Release of new varieties Cataloguing of new
  • 9.    National Seed Quality Control & Certification Agencies Plant Protection Regulatory Services Universities       National Seed Trade Associations   Implementation of Seed Policy Regulatory Activities Plant Health regulatory Activities Training Development of new varieties Production of Seeds Marketing of Seeds
  • 10. Breeder Seed Production Training for staf fs of National Agric Research Institutes at NCRI, Badeggi August 28 -30
  • 11. Seed Business Management Training for Managers of seed SMEs at SAFTEC Hotel, Minna Sept 2 – 4, 2013
  • 12. Harmonize dECOWAS Seed Law Gazetted
  • 13. Learning Visit to Kenya & Tanzania by Seed Exper ts & reps of Trade Associations from ECOWAS Countries including
  • 14.  Agri – business capacity building and credit access facilitation for seed SMEs  Breeder Seed Production a) NCRI producing 16 tonnes of rice, and b) IAR&T producing 3 tonnes of maize  Building capacity of Agric Research Institutes to produce Breeder Seed  Formation of ASIWA – alliance for seed industry in West Africa, to involve all stakeholders
  • 15.  See to the take – off of a National Seed Committee to oversee the implementation of ECOWAS seed regulations  Form an alliance to bring stakeholders together for mobilizing, pooling resources together & avoiding duplication of efforts for delivery of quality seeds to farmers  Organize training for regulators of ECOWAS seed regulations
  • 16.  Procure equipment for National Research Institutes for planting, harvesting, processing, irrigation as well as seed laboratory  Strengthening of organizational, technical & agri – business capacities of private sector  Strengthening of NSTAs to deliver quality foundation and certified seed
  • 17.  Organize a National Seed Planning Workshop to determine seed requirements for all classes of seeds, project for the next 5 years and assign responsibilities  Provide assistance for SEEDAN, producer organizations (such as rice, maize & sorghum), and water user organizations
  • 18.      Establishment of an inclusive Alliance for Seed industry in West Africa (ASIWA) Implementation of regional seed regulations at National Levels Good Quality seeds produced and used Enhancement of private sector participation in seed industry Agri – business capacities of small and medium scale seed companies strengthened