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Mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the seed sector

Côte d’Ivoire signs agreement for tighter collaboration with AfricaSeeds

AfricaSeeds: Intergovernmental Seed Organization and Implementing Agency for the African Union Seed Program

AfricaSeeds is the Agency of the African Union in charge, since 2010, of the implementation of the African Seed and Biotechnology Programme (ASBP).

The aim of the Agency is to promote sustainable development of the seed sector to contribute to agricultural transformation, food and nutrition security and poverty reduction in Africa.

Through an intergrated and effective approach to collaboration with all seed sector stakeholders, AfricaSeeds addresses the needs for seed sector development in line with the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), the Malabo Declaration and the Addis-Ababa Comuniqué on Early Generation Seeds.

Events

Week 23 – Policy brief: Critical study of the legal framework and policy mechanisms on seeds in Niger

Week 22 – Research Results: Rapid assessments of the impact of COVID-19 on the availability of quality seed to farmers: Advocating immediate practical, remedial and preventative action

Week 21 – Policy Brief: White Paper on the COVID-19 Crisis and the Seed Sector in Africa: Impact, Options for Actions and Recommendations

Week 20 – Research results – Seed sector in Burkina Faso: Recommendations for a better integration of producers

From the Executive Director

9 August 2019, Abidjan: the validation workshop to initiate the development of the online platform on the seed sector in Africa

The Seed Knowledge Gateway, SKG, a web-based information system, which will be sponsored by donors and AfricaSeeds in the main, is being built to address the huge problem of data and statistics insufficiency in seed sector planning and development in Africa. When fully developed, the SKG will be freely available to all seed sector operators to aid them in their various seed sector development and commercial interventions and launch Africa on a credible path towards continental seed security and, thereby, the cherished goal of continental food and nutrition security.

Thanks to the significant contributions of our closest partners in this project that are the Swiss Development Co-operation, the National Seed Council of Nigeria, and the Ivorian Government, we have delivered a Project Document, which will be used to develop the SKG proper.

We held a workshop in Abidjan on 7-9 of August, 2019, due to gather special expertise in various aspects of the planned SKG, which will help to finalize and validate the document.

We have no doubt that the improved document will contribute to strike a blow for seed security and move the Continent one more step towards fulfilling AU’s goal of food and nutrition security.

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