Scaling Seeds and Technologies
Partnership in Africa
Established in 2013, the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa (SSTP), is a $47 million partnership between USAID and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). SSTP partners with governments, local seed companies, farmer and development organisations to overcome the challenges restricting farmer access to improved agricultural technologies.
SSTP is working with AGRIMERC ODS to demonstrate to 40,000 smallholder farmers in the Sofala and Manica provinces the benefits of using improved maize and pigeonpea varieties and fertilizer blends. The project, being implemented in partnership with local seed and fertilizer companies, will see 200 farmers trained to lead field demonstrations at the village level, post-harvest and business management.
SSTP is strengthening the links between the Crop Research Institute in Ghana and private seed companies.
Foundation seed is a primary component in the scaling of new crop varieties, but poor linkages between the government and seed companies hinder the ability of the latter to access this vital resource.
In Ghana SSTP acts as a convener, information sharer, and funder to strengthen the linkages of the seed value chain and improve the supply of foundation seed.
The center is addressing the challenges seed companies face around seed quality control and certification. The center also provides support services to new seed companies. The seed incubation center aims to improve the quality of seed on the market, promote the use of certified seed and reduce the incidence of fake seed.
The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that measures the vibrancy and competitiveness of a national seed sector. The index tracks several indicators that are essential to the development of a national seed sector, including the strength of a country’s seed research and development; competition within the industry; seed policy and regulations; the strength of national seed trade associations; and the availability of improved seed and extension services to smallholder farmers.
Farmers in nine key rice-growing districts are trialing the direct paddy seeder, a simple implement that could cut labor costs, reduce wastage, and increase rice yields in Senegal.
The trial is a collaboration between the Indian based manufacturer, KNSM, grantees, the Senegal Agricultural and Industrial Development Corporation, the local irrigation support project, and SSTP.
SSTP is working with local partners, including the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), to identify the policy and regulatory issues affecting the seed sector in Tanzania.
This work has already resulted in the creation of a legal guide that outlines the legal and regulatory requirements of Tanzania’s seed and input markets and identifies key decision points and challenges that could unlock further developments in the seed sector and assist in the implementation of existing frameworks.