Ghana’s Seed Experts Draft New Seed Sector Strategy and Investment Plan
Nearly 60 Seed system experts will come together to revise the existing National Seed Plan (2015)
ACCRA, Ghana: November 7, 2022 – Officials from Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) and The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), and other seed sector stakeholders will meet from November 7 – 10, 2022 at the 3rd National Seed Forum, in the country’s capital, Accra, to revise the country’s Seed Sector Strategy and Investment Plan.
The Seed Sector Strategy and Investment Plan is expected to strengthen Ghana’s seed industry by promoting the adoption and utilization of certified seed by the country’s farmers. Given the current economic crisis in Ghana, which is affecting the lack of fertilizer and seed inputs for farmers, strengthening the seed sector and increasing the use of improved seeds is expected to boost crop yields, and transform the food system that feeds the country.
The four-day workshop follows a successful deployment of the Seed Systems Analysis Tool (SeedSAT), to analyze the functioning of eight (8) key thematic areas of the national seed system and make prioritized recommendations for interventions to support a robust seed sector. Under the theme, “Facilitating the Seed Industry through Knowledge, Collaboration and Strategic Planning”, the delegates at the National Seed Forum will revise the National Seed Plan (2015) and incorporate the recommendations from the SeedSAT exercise. The workshop will also allow industry players to network and receive updates on pertinent seed sector issues and strengthened business linkages.
This effort is spearheaded by The Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) working with the support of the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) under the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) umbrella.
Ghana’s seed sector has made tremendous growth in the past few years, with the development and availability of improved and locally adapted seed varieties. However, the adoption is still marginal, with just about 30% of the farmers using the improved varieties. The slow pace of adoption is linked to inadequate compliance with seed legislation by various key seed value chain operators, and the disregard of the rules and procedures of the Seed Certification and Standard Regulations.
Established in 2006, AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. Together with our partners, we are working to sustainably grow Africa’s food systems. AGRA strengthens seed systems, develops and promotes sustainable farming practices, helps unlock trade and markets, and supports governments who lead their countries’ development. We work with farmers to adapt to climate change, increase soil health, and protect the environment. AGRA believes deeply in the urgency of reducing the inequality that women face in agriculture, and to unlocking the power and innovation of youth.
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AGRA, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners, have constituted an innovative partnership dubbed Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) which is driving integrated delivery within agro-economic zones and across value chains, enhanced in-country coordination to leverage wider investments and deliberate engagement with private sector to build sustainable systems that will transition agriculture from subsistence into a business that works. To achieve its objectives, PIATA leverages a wide complement of tools, systems, knowledge, and resources of partners to catalyze an inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa that will see increased incomes and improved food security for 30 million smallholder farm households.