ASIWA Launched to Boost the Regional Seed Supply System

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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

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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…

Review workshop of the National Seed Regulatory Frameworks

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The review workshop of the National Seed Regulatory Frameworks in Consonance with the ECOWAS-UEMOA-CILSS Seed Regulation held from September 14 to 16, 2015 in Dakar (Senegal) was organized by the Task Force of WASP Seed Policy – CORAF / WECARD, and the Sahel Institute (INSAH / CILSS) with financial support…

Seed Support Initiative: A CORAF mission was recently in Sierra Leone

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Whithin the Financial and technical Partnership  to support economic recovery of the Ebola affected countries, Dr Ernest Asiedu, WASP Chief of Party, at CORAF/WECARD was in Freetown, Sierra Leone 7th and 8th, 2015 to Monitor progress of Sierra Leone in the implementation of the Agricultural Rehabilitation Program: Seed Support Initiative.                                               …

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

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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…

Capacities strengthening in advocacy techniques and management of National Seed Trade organization

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Capacities strengthening in advocacy techniques and management of National Seed Trade organization Royal hotel Saly 2015, May 26-28 This morning at Saly, Royal hotel, opening of the workshop for the capacities strengthening in advocacy techniques and management of the National seed trade associations The West Africa Office of the African…

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

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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: www.wasix.net and  provides a better online access to all information on stakeholders, mapping, marketing opportunities, business intelligence, private sector and institutions. Now, access and dissemination…

Contribution to the CAADP Process:Regional Seed Policy and Famer Access to Quality Seeds in West Africa

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The evolution of the seed industry in Africa was stimulated by changes in research and development approaches. Three major phases of this evolution could be noted: (i) Pre-independence to 1980s, when the provision of seeds was state-managed and crop varieties mainly came from the national research institutions and the CGIAR…

A consortium meeting held in Ouagadougou

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  From 13 to 14 December 2013, a consortium meeting was organized over a two-day period and chaired in turns by the Acting Director of Agriculture at the ECOWAS Commission and the Executive Director of the Hub Rural. The objective of the meeting was to improve the implementation of planned…