The price and quality of input can affect the comparative advantage of agriculture production and as a result, affect the income of farm households in West and Central Africa.
West Africa still faces challenges in the production, distribution, and widespread use of basic agricultural inputs, including certified seed, fertilizer, and pesticide. These inputs are often separately delivered to farmers instead of as a package (seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and other best practices) for crop production, which does not enable farmers to get the full benefit of their complementarities.
To improve agricultural productivity, the agri-input delivery system will require a holistic approach that considers access, affordability, availability, and incentives to adopt technological packages. The package will comprise approaches to holistically deliver agri-inputs, climate-resilient and nutritionally enhanced crop varieties, Integrated Soil Fertility and Water Management and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices which are essential to achieving food security.
It is common knowledge that the vast majority of farmers are resource-poor and therefore cannot afford expensive inputs. In many instances, the high cost of inputs is largely due to inappropriate policies.
What’s New in Our Approach?
CORAF will work on these critical issues from the perspective of increasing the production and use of agri-inputs, increasing private sector participation, building alliances with key players and improving related policies.
Specifically, CORAF will further strengthen the capacities of stakeholders within the agri-input value chains, while linking the agri-input system to crop management practices as a package. It will build on the past experiences of WASP and WAFP in promoting Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to establish a holistic agri-input system. Interventions under this component will include timely opportunities to strategize on how best CORAF and its partners (ECOWAS, UEMOA, IFDC, CILSS, AGRA, AfricaSeeds, Syngenta Foundation, CGIAR, NARS, WAAPP, ROPPA, AFSTA-WA, NSTAs, Hub-Rural, etc.) can build greater synergy.
This will be achieved through an innovative Agri-Input-SFWM-IPM package approach in the sub-region, not losing sight of the use of simple mechanization equipment.
CORAF recognizes the need for enhanced partnerships to fulfill this mandate. In this regard, CORAF will capitalize on its convening power within its authority as the technical arm of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to strengthen and coordinate the Consortium of Partners. This also includes ASIWA/West Africa Fertilizer Forum (WAFF), COASem-CRSU/West Africa Fertilizer Committee. We hope to foster further strong networking and partnership arrangements needed to leverage resources to deliver impactful results.
In presenting this Component, CORAF is mindful that increasing the availability of quality agri-inputs requires a value chain development approach through innovative mechanisms such as ASIWA, WAFF, West Africa Seed Committee, the Innovation Platform, etc. CORAF will work with partners to improve the efficiency in the implementation of agri-input policies at the national and regional levels while fostering PPP to improve business transactions. To this end, CORAF will build on lessons learned from the WASP business model for fostering a sustainable supply of seeds. The model will be adapted to promote both seeds and fertilizers. We shall also use the Seed Forecasting Tool for predicting seed demand and supply. This tool will be updated for use to predict both seed and fertilizer demands. The West African Seed Exchange (WASIX) will be updated and linked to those developed for fertilizer by IFDC and ECOAGRIS in promoting an agri-inputs package approach.
Other approaches include:
- Improving regional resilience through strengthened and institutionalized response to natural disasters;
- The policy and regulatory environment for seed and fertilizer will be improved to facilitate regional trade.
First Name: Dr Abdulai
Last Name: JALLOH
Title: Director of Research and Innovation
Phone: +221 77 687 57 35
PB/City: BP 48, Dakar RP, Senegal
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First Name: Dr Hippolyte
Last Name: AFFOGNON
Title: PAIRED Manager
Phone: +221 78 160 91 62
PB/City: B.P.48 Dakar, RP Sénégal – CP 18523
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