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  • 1. WEST AFRICA SEED PROGRAM (WASP) an ECOWAS Program funded by USAID, implemented by CORAF/WECARD and hosted by WAAPP WASP
  • 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 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 Participating 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 inWest 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.  Partners such as CGIAR Centers like IITA & ICRISAT, AfricaRice, NARIs,WAAPP, EU, FAO, EMBRAPA,WB, ROPPA, AFDB, Universities, National Farmers’ Organization, NASC, International Seed Companies, NSTAs  Stakeholders such as AFSTA, AGRA, ICRISAT, USAID/WA, CILSS, HUB - RURAL
  • 8.  NARIs  Agric Ext  National seed service  Nat. Seed Committees  NatVar Rel Committee  Breeder seed production  Variety trials  Variety maintenance  Training  Promotion of new varieties  Fostering linkages between farmers & seed entrepreneurs  Coordination activities  Governance issues  Release of new varieties  Cataloguing of new varieties
  • 9.  National Seed Quality Control & Certification Agencies  Plant Protection Regulatory Serv.  Universities  National SeedTrade Associations  Implementation of Seed Policy  Regulatory Activities  Plant Health regulatory Activities  Training  Development of new varieties  Production & Marketing of Seeds
  • 10.  Staffing & equipping regional and national offices  Regularizing Institutional arrangement with Partners  Forming alliance to bring stakeholders together in ASIWA, for mobilizing & pooling resources together, & pursuing delivery of quality seeds to farmers
  • 11.  Strengthening capacity of NARIs & private sector research organizations for Breeder seed production  Strengthening of organizational, technical & agri – business capacities of private sector  Strengthening of NSTAs to deliver quality foundation and certified seed
  • 12.  Establishment of an inclusiveWest Africa consortium  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 NSTAs strengthened