10th feather in NAFASO’s cap for distinguished efforts in West Africa’s seed sector
NAFASO, a long-standing partner of AGRA, has been awarded for the tenth time for its distinguished efforts in the production and commercialization of improved seed varieties across West Africa, particularly Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. This recognition was made at a ceremony held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso last week, when the company received the Grand Prix du TAC 2017, a symbol of great contribution towards the Traité d’amitié et coopération (TAC). TAC is a treaty signed in 2008 signed by Ex-Presidents Laurent Gbagbo and Blaise Compaoré to promote cooperation and integration in areas of culture, trade, agriculture etc. between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
COPTAC, an apolitical platform, organized the award ceremony to distinguish deserving companies and individuals, who have contributed in various ways to promote collaboration and integration between the two countries.
Mr. Abdoulaye Sawadogo, CEO of NAFASO confirms that: NAFASO has, so far, received both local and international awards, including one it picked at AGRF 2012, as the Best African Private Seed Enterprise. This award motivated and promoted the company’s work, and opened several doors in Burkina Faso and across the sub-region for the company to play a leading role in the seed sector in Burkina Faso.
AGRA has supported and collaborated extensively, since 2008, with the company in the area of new technologies in seed production and commercialization, which has made it possible for the company to expand its activities, build its networks, mentor other seed companies as a model, and contribute to the national seed production and commercialization effort, to prove that the green revolution in Africa is possible and achievable.