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 Africa Seed Committee (WASC) Executive Secretariat, for a period of five (05) years to CORAF/WECARD. This will be through the organization West Africa Seed Program (Programme semencier pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest in french PSAO/WASP).

In West Africa, the seed industry faces very important challenges in the production, distribution and marketing of certified seeds. Among them are unfavorable  political environments to the development of the seed industry through several constraints related to policies hampering  the availability of improved seeds and generally preventing the development of the seed sector.
West Africa Seed comitee  (WASC) objective is to ensure the implementation of the ECOWAS harmonised regulations  which aims to create favorable conditions, necessary to ensure the regular and timely supply of seeds in quantity and in quality for 17 ECOWAS countries.

This event follows the first statutory meeting held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on August 3 and 4, 2015.

For information, contact :

Aissatou Sall,
E-mail: mastou@yahoo.fr / a.sall@coraf.org
Tel:(221) 77 223 43 89

Dr Ernest ASIEDU
Chief of Party, West Africa Seed Program (WASP)
e.asiedu@coraf.org