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Communiqué on Promoting the Commercial and Sustainable Supply of Early Generation Seed of Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa

African organizations and development partners* committed to working together to develop country-level solutions to expand the quality, timeliness and quantity of early generation seed (EGS) sought the participation of key stakeholders at the convening “Promoting the Commercial and Sustainable Supply of Early Generation Seed of Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa” in Addis Ababa, February 25-27, 2016. As a way to provide synthesis to the many crop- and country-focused discussions, as well as the various technical sessions, the Steering Committee is pleased to release the EGS Africa Communiqué.

* including:

  • the African Union Commission (AUC) represented by AfricaSeeds;
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Government of Ethiopia;
  • Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA);
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD);
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) through Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA);
  • Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO);
  • African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA);
  • the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • the United States Agency for International Development (USAID);
  • the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) through the Program for Africa’s Seed Systems (PASS) and Scaling Seeds and Technology Partnership in Africa (SSTP);
  • and Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen UR) Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) implementing with partners the Integrated Seed Sector Development Africa programme (ISSD-Africa)