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Regional Committee Meet on Harmonisation of Seed Regulations to Certified Seeds in West Africa

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Between August 29 and 30, 2016, CORAF/WECARD delegation for the second ordinary meeting of the Regional Unique Committee of Seeds for ECOWAS-UEMOA-CILSS (COASem & CRSU) from 17 ECOWAS countries were hosted by the Institute du Sahel (INSAH/CILSS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Bamako, Mali. The purpose of the…

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

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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…

International workshop for validation of the diagnosis and operationalization of recommendations of the electronic forum on sustainable development of the seed sector in West and Central Africa

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CORAF / WECARD in partnership with FARM (Fondation pour l’Agriculture et la Ruralité dans le monde) held in Abidjan on 11 and 12 July 2016, an international workshop to validate the diagnosis and operationalization of the recommendations of the e-conference for  sustainable development of the seed sector in West and Central Africa….

International workshop for validation of the diagnosis and operationalization of recommendations of the electronic forum on sustainable development of the seed sector in West and Central Africa

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  Concept Note A/ Background In West and Central Africa (WCA), sustainable intensification of agriculture is essential to achieve the objectives of eradicating hunger and poverty reduction in a context of increasing climate change and variability. The increase in agricultural productivity expected from intensification of agricultural production is based mainly…

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

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The road to recovery, experiences of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea after Ebola

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March, 2014, the first cases of the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa were noticed! This was noted as the most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in 1976. There were more cases and deaths in this particular outbreak than all previous cases combined (Peter, C.J and Peters,…

CORAF/WECARD: Invitation electronic conference on seeds

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The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) based in Dakar (Senegal) in partnership  with  Fondation Farm (France) is pleased to invite you to participate to the electronic conference on: ‘Seed sector in West and Central Africa’’.   The overall objective of this electronic conference is…

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

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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

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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

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 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…