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

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 part. The opening ceremony was attended by the Director General of INSAH, Pr Antoine SOME, the representative of CORAF / WECARD, Dr. Paul Senghor and the General Manager of Agriculture, Dr. Carlos Amarante. A representative of UEMOA also participated in the training.

PSAO/WASP is funded by USAID and aims to increase the availability of quality seeds from the current 12 to 25% over the five year period (2012 – 2017). It covers seven countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal) for the main activities, and all seventeen countries in the ECOWAS-UEMOA and CILSS for all seed policy related activities, the implementation of harmonized regional seed regulation. This component is managed by INSAH. The overall coordination of the program is ensured by CORAF / WECARD.

During the training, the authorities of Guinea – Bissau were also sensitized on the relevant arrangements for the implementation of the harmonized seed regulations in West Africa. These include, the publication of the Regulation in the Official Journal, the strengthening of control and certification services, including the national seed laboratory. Other actions are planned in the road map established at the same time.