Partners for Seed in Africa (PASA)
Partners for Seed in Africa (PASA) is working with African governments, donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor farmers in Africa through agricultural development targeted at resource poor farmers.
The vast majority of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) households are food insecure, malnourished and poor despite the fact that this country has ample agricultural resources and most of the rural population is engaged in agriculture. The major food security crops are maize, rice, beans, cassava, Irish and sweet potatoes, and other food crops. DRC has a huge agricultural potential and natural resources which can enable the country produce sufficient food to feed herself and the whole of Africa. However, because of decades of aggravated civil unrest, and the absence of a vibrant, competitive farm input delivery system (seed, fertilizer, seed inoculants and pesticides), the agricultural productivity has remained extremely low. In North and South Kivu provinces, of Eastern DRC, this situation is exacerbated by recurrent armed groups’ attacks, high rural population densities and small land ownership for the local farming community (who own less than one acre of land). As a result, there is an imminent encroachment and destruction of rich natural reserves. Farmers have encroached into the natural heritage that hosts the famous and only remaining population of mountain Gorillas in the Virunga National Park. Increasing farmer productivity will ensure profitable returns to the farming community. Few donors who are willing to invest in countries prone to conflict such as DR Congo. Howard G. Buffett Foundation, has supported Partners for Seed in Africa (PASA) under a program titled “Semences Améliorées pour les Cultivateurs du Congo” (SACC) since August 2014 in order to establish and develop a sustainable seed system in North and South Kivu Provinces, Eastern DR Congo, where smallholder farmers will gain access to good quality seed of improved varieties to increase their productivity.