Unlocking the opportunities to enhance sustainable seed systems of staple crops (sorghum, pearl millet, maize, cowpea and groundnut) to improve food security and agricultural production in West and Central Africa
Duration: 01/Apr/2011 - 30/Mar/2014
Locations: West and Central Africa
Project contact: BR Ntare
Donor: Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Developpement Agricoles (CORAF)-Senegal,Institute d economie rural (IER)-Mali
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes,Dryland Cereals
This project focuses on ways and means of establishing efficient, sustainable seed systems for the major staple crops – sorghum, millet, maize, cowpea and groundnut – that provide farmers with a reliable supply and a range of choices of quality seed, and are well-adapted to local conditions. The project will use a multi-institutional, multi-scale and inter-disciplinary approach in close partnership with farmers, government and non-governmental organisations, scientists and other stakeholders applying innovative systems to understand and address the major constraints to sustainable seed and input systems in West and Central Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, and Mali). The capacity of farmer groups will be strengthened on seed production techniques, monitoring for seed quality, prediction of demand, and marketing. Synergies with complementary projects are being established, which will allow countries to share experiences across the sub-region while minimizing duplication of effort between programs. ICRISAT’s main role in the project is to provide backstopping in capacity building and research methodologies.by wom'ï¿½ amPï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ project will particularly increase farm incomes and food security benefits to women while the availability of firewood will reduce the burden on women in fetching wood for cooking and reduce deforestation.