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CORAF organises the Second Statutory Meeting of the ECOWAS-UEMOA-CILSS Regional Unique Seed Committee on August 29 and 30, 2016 in Bamako


CORAF/WECARD and Sahel Institute (INSAH/CILSS), with the support of the  Agriculture Ministry of Mali, will jointly hold the Second Statutory Meeting of the ECOWAS-UEMOA-CILSS Regional Unique Seed Committee (COASem & CRSU), in Bamako, Mali, on August 29 and 30, 2016. The ECOWAS commission decided to entrust  the management of the West…

Communiqué on Commercial and Sustainable Supply of Early Generation Seed of Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa


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The Significance of the Newly Established West Africa Seed Committee (WASC/COASem-CRSU)


Background: The objective of the ECOWAS-UEMOA-CILSS regulation is to implement harmonized rules governing quality control, certification and marketing of plant seeds and seedlings in the ECOWAS-UEMOA-CILSS region to expand seed trade across borders. However, this objective had not been effectively accomplished due to the failure to establish a coordinating body,…

WASP is Successfully Expanding Women’s Participation in the Seed Sector in West Africa


Background: Women constitute more than 50% of the agricultural labor force in Africa. Irrespective of this, their involvement in the seed sector is low, with their participation in the formal seed sector standing at 10% in 2012/13. A recent web based discussion on gender integration in seed systems carried out…

Empowering the NARS to deliver quality breeder seed


 Background: A study conducted in 2012/13 in 13 West African countries showed high market potential for seeds of major cereals and legumes such as rice, maize, sorghum, cowpea and groundnut, estimated at 1,335,437 tons, compared to an actual supply of 182,035 tons, representing 13.6% of the estimated potential. An earlier…

ASIWA Launched to Boost the Regional Seed Supply System


Lack of coordination and consultations in the seed sector had resulted in inadequate sharing of knowledge and information on policy, technical and marketing aspects in the seed industry. These had brought dysfunction in the regional seed harmonization and integration processes. Consequently, effective planning and estimation of seed demand and supply,…

Post Ebola Agricultural Recovery Program in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea


Post Ebola Agricultural Recovery Program in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea:  Seed Support Intervention by CORAF/WECARD and Partners Economic and Social Impact of the Ebola Epidemic: The initial 2015 estimates for economic growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were 4.3%, 6.8% and 8.9% respectively.  The growth projections dropped to…

Production and increased use of qualityseeds in West Africa: CORAF / WECARD launches WASC and ASIWA through WASP


The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF / WECARD) throughits West AfricaSeed Program (WASP) officiallylaunched the RegionalSeedCommittee (WASC & CRSU) and the Alliance for the SeedIndustry in West Africa (ASIWA) this August 3, 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Regional Seed Committee is in charge…

The Seed Program for West Africa Seed Program (PSAO / WASP) is strengthening the capacity of Guinea-Bissau stakeholders

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From 23 to 25 June 2015, PSAO / WASP held a national training workshop on “quality control and seed certification.” This training has targeted leaders of the Control and Certification Service, inspectors, seed controllers and national seed laboratory analysts of the country. In total 25 participants including 7 women took…

Seed system in West Africa: CORAF/WECARD launches an electronic platform on seeds


CORAF/WECARD with the financial support of USAID, officially launched on April 2, 2015 an electronic platform on seeds in West Africa. It is available at: and  provides a better online access to all information on stakeholders, mapping, marketing opportunities, business intelligence, private sector and institutions. Now, access and dissemination…