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Presentation to the press in Lagos, 17 April 2019 by Ido Verhagen and Timothée Pasqualini

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Access to Seeds Index Western and Central Africa

  1. 1. Results of the first Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa Press presentation, Lagos, 17 April 2019
  2. 2. UN Agencies: numbers of people suffering from malnutrition are on the rise, because of effects of climate change on agriculture Number of undernourished people inWesternAfrica, 2005-2017 (millions) UN agencies • Help farmers to adapt to climate change • Improve access to new crop varieties
  3. 3. Landscaping Improve transparency of the industry Partnerships Help to create public-private partnerships Dialogue Provide an evidence base for dialogue Benchmark Reward leadership, encourage improvements Objectives of the Access to Seeds Index
  4. 4. November 2018 South and Southeast Asia March 2019 Eastern & Southern Africa April 2019 Western & Central Africa The Access to Seeds Index evaluated 60 leading seed companies in three regions
  5. 5. Key steps in the development of the Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa Announced at FAO Rome, June 2016 Dialogue governments, African Union Abidjan, 25 October 2016 Endorsed by farmers’ organizations Ouagadougou, 18-19 October 2016 Discussed with companies at AFSTA Seed Congress Dakar 1-2 March 2017 Regional Experts approved methodology Abidjan, 10 October 2017 Selected companies informed AFSTA Seed Congress Cairo, 1 March 2018
  6. 6. Formal, certified seed producing cooperatives active across nearly all countries in the region Formal, certified seed- producing cooperatives active
  7. 7. Leading seed companies identified in nearly half of the countries in the region
  8. 8. Seed companies from outside the region have a presence in nearly all countries
  9. 9. Seed industry covers nearly all countries; companies and cooperatives from region hardly cross borders Origin of homegrown seed companies Presence global seed companies Presence seed-producing cooperatives Source: www.accesstoseeds.org/publications
  10. 10. To understand current performance, 23 leading seed companies in Western and Central Africa were selected for further evaluation * Acquisition by Bayer completed in August 2018 FRA
  11. 11. The Index assesses company activities in seven areas, developed with 25 experts from all regions
  12. 12. Nigerian company leads the ranking; five companies from the region in top 10 Source: Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa 2019 (USA-Private)
  13. 13. All Nigerian companies display specific strengths that serve as an inspiration for the rest of the industry Source: Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa 2019 Premier Seed Marketing Value Kit: all inputs a small farmer needs for ¼ hectare in one box Nutritional value Special focus on crops with increased nutritional value, such as vegetables and cassava Maslaha Seeds Breeding Most advanced breeding program focused on local conditions of large and small farmers Value Seeds Capacity Building Training program for next generation farmer to become an agri-entrepreneur Da Allgreen Seeds
  14. 14. Leading seed companies are present with sales throughout the region, but invest in only a handful of countries Source: Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa 2019
  15. 15. Only seven companies from the region are involved in breeding, three global companies have breeding activities Only 12% of portfolio of regional companies is result of own breeding Almost 50% of portfolio of regional companies older than 5 years Source: Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa 2019 From African continent From outside the continent
  16. 16. Companies work on a broad portfolio. OPVs are dominant, only for maize and some vegetables more hybrids Source: Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa 2019
  17. 17. Companies are involved in capacity building, but emphasis lays on a select number of countries Source: Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa 2019
  18. 18. Main take-outs West Africa • Ambitious homegrown seed companies coming up • Lack of breeding to meet food security challenges • Not yet a regional market, strong inbalances between countries Nigeria • Top performing companies are from Nigeria • Potential to become the regional seed hub • Private sector does not yet meet the national demand Source: Access to Seeds Index for Western and Central Africa 2019
  19. 19. Our website includes rankings and analysis for each measurement area: https://www.accesstoseeds.org/
  20. 20. Value Seeds For each company a scorecard is available https://www.accesstoseeds.org/
  21. 21. Country profiles contain information on company presence and the enabling environment
  22. 22. www.accesstoseeds.org

Presentation to the press in Lagos, 17 April 2019 by Ido Verhagen and Timothée Pasqualini

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