CORAF brings together in Abuja, Nigeria, from September 19 to 21, 2022, twenty-five (25) Nigerian farmers and other Innovation Platform (IP) actors, to strengthen their capacities in quality seed production.
The training is organized within the framework of the Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development in West Africa (PAIRED) program, more precisely under its second component which intends to put in place an enabling framework to stimulate the scaling up of technologies and innovations.
“Quality seed and other planting materials form the basis of crop production. Thus, the key issues to be addressed for significant contribution of seed to agricultural output are availability, quantity, quality, and affordability of the seeds,” says Dr. Caroline Makamto-Sobgui, Technologies and Innovations Scaling Export at CORAF.
“Through this training, CORAF intends to equip Nigerian stakeholders with the necessary skills to produce quality seeds in order to enable them to build a robust seed sector that will generate substantial income and accelerate agricultural transformation,” specifies the Expert who champions PAIRED’s second component.
The training draws together IP actors and other extension agents from Nigeria, especially those from the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) in Badeggi and the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) in Zaria.
At the completion of the three (03) day workshop, it is expected that:
- Participants’ knowledge and skills in quality seed production are improved ;
- Participants’ knowledge and skills in agronomic practices, quality assurance and certification procedures based on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) schemes and protocols are improved ;
- Experiences on good seed business practices, particularly in West Africa region, are shared.
PAIRED is a five-year intervention funded by the West Africa Regional Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
CORAF has been implementing PAIRED since 2017 in six (06) West African countries: Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. The program will end by December 2022.