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: 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 of all seed production forecast data, updated data on available production and the political and economic analysis of the seed sector at national and sub-regional becomes easy for all the seed actors in West Africa.

The www.wasix.net is revolutionizing seed practices of the regional community and is positioning itself as a single point of access and dissemination of useful information:

 

  • To the knowledge base: good practice in seed matter, the analysis laboratories of seed quality, manuals and technical regulations by species and the official catalog of seed varieties.
  • In the markets and products: Network of authorized producers, seed productions and regional market.
  • At the regulatory framework: Seed laws and regulations, rights protection and the validation and recognition skills process.

 

An evaluation of the seed sector in West Africa shows that only a few countries have adequate agricultural information systems. Moreover, industry stakeholders seeds in Africa West (producers, SMEs, end users …) operate in the informal sector, with very little information about the techniques, policies seeds and especially marketing among stakeholders of the value chain.

With the recent development of ICT in West Africa, a large potential exists to achieve major success in agriculture so much SME on seed in the region have more opportunity to benefit in their daily activities, mobile telephony, internet and other forms of application including electronic platforms.

Thus, in few clicks, producers, authorized distributors, seed buyers, different actors of the seed industry in different countries may forecast their productions and yield, update their inventories, set their selling price and localization. From WWW.WASIX.NET, they can express interest, their needs in quantity and set their preferential prices.

www.wasix.net is an initiative of the West Africa Seed Program (WASP/PSAO) of CORAF/WECARD.“We are proud to launch today our new wasix.net platform. It is an investment and innovation for each country. The effective implementation is the proof of the ownership and commitment of the country partners. Wasix.net offers an intuitive user interface for all public and private sector in terms of seed management. The launch of the wasix.net platform provides real added value and facilitate the seed value chain actors networking, the execution of their activities, seed regulations and knowledge management in this sector “ said the representative of CORAF/WECARD.

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), technical branch of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for agricultural research and development since 2005 has been mandated in March 27, 2013, by the latter to support new regional initiatives.So its program on seeds in West Africa (West Africa Seed Program – PSAO / WASP) funded by the West Africa office of USAID during the period 2012-2017, supported by the West Africa productivity Program (WAAPP / PPAAO) coordinates the implementation of: (i) National Committee of Seeds in the 17 countries of ECOWAS-UEMOA and CILSS, (ii) West African Committee on plant seeds and seedlings (COASem) and (iii) the Alliance for the Seed Industry in West Africa (ASIWA).

WASP/PSAO is responsible for the coordination and strengthening of seed systems for a transitional period of five (5) years. This choice is part of a drive to improve seed systems in the sub-region.

These responsibilities are a mark of recognition for CORAF/WECARD’s role in sustainable improvements of productivity, competitiveness and agricultural markets in the sub-region, and proof of the confidence of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).