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Within the framework of the Sovereignty Food Valuation Project phase 1 (2017-2019) and phase 2 (2020-2022), the dynamics around Farmer Seed Entrepreneurship (FSE) and the Farmer Endogenous Seed Quality Control System (FEQCS) have been strengthened in the Inades-Training network, This has resulted in the gradual availability of quality seeds produced by farmers in Burkina Faso, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Chad, Congo and Burundi, according to data provided by the National Offices of these countries by the end of 2020.

In order to consolidate the initiatives undertaken and consider their scaling up, they have been documented and shared with other seed actors and partners in the framework of a West Africa Regional Workshop, organized in Lome, Togo, from September 20 to 23, 2021.

This workshop brought together teams from the national offices (NO) of Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. Other actors involved in seed issues also took part in this workshop, namely the National Seed Directorate of the Ministry in charge of agriculture in Togo, the Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN), the Union of NAAM groups in Burkina Faso and seed producers in Togo.

Each of the invited NO and actors shared their experiences on the valorization of farmers’ seeds. Farmers’ seeds include traditional seeds, improved seeds adopted and multiplied by farmers, and local seeds.

A field visit was organized with all participants to learn about farmers’ initiatives on seeds in Togo in the village of Yao Kopé in the Plateau region. This allowed to visit CILAC’s experimental plots, seed fields and to exchange with the members of the village cooperative. These exchanges focused on the possibilities of financing seed production activities, the distribution of farmer seeds, the processing of foodstuffs and other local products, etc.

Visit of a seed field

A video report on the whole workshop and on the visit of the seed initiatives in the field, will allow a wide dissemination of the work undertaken on the valorization of farmers’ seeds by Inades-Formation, through various channels (websites, networks, etc.).

Let us recall that the objective of the FSE is to: (i) bring quality seeds closer to small-scale agricultural producers; (ii) make the prices of quality seeds accessible to the purchasing power of small-scale producers; and (iii) make seed production an income-generating activity for rural populations. As for the DCEQS, it is to have an instrument to guarantee the quality of farmers’ seeds produced.

This regional workshop was a good opportunity for sharing experiences between the three West African National Offices and other seed actors from these countries. The learnings allowed to enrich and consolidate the operational plans of the FSE and DCEQS of the National Offices for more efficiency in the support of seed groups and for a scaling up of these initiatives. Several recommendations and points of attention have been formulated and will be the subject of follow-up of the initiatives undertaken in each National Office in the framework of a follow-up plan.

Pemba village is located 48 kilometers from Turiani in Mvomero district in Morogoro region. Its inhabitants are farmers and herdsmen (including migrants of the Masai tribe).

The effect of climate change has been a major obstacle to farmers and livestock keepers in ensuring they have access to food security for their livestock and their families.

Mr. Mdimu Kedeko Kikoyo is one of the few maasai who has engaged in agricultural activities. After he faced a food shortage for his livestock which is the main source of food for his family, he decided to engage himself in agricultural activities as an alternative to cover the gaps but still he did not have a good production.

In 2012 he received a leaflet from his friend explaining about Inades Formation Tanzania, services and training offered. He decided to make a trip to search for the office physically and join with the correspondence courses. He received approximately 18 booklets including maize production, cattle feed, beekeeping e.t.c. He decided to transform the knowledge learnt into practice from time to time to see if any changes will appear.

Mdimu Kedeko Kikoyo

 

Some of his successes

Through the knowledge he acquired from the maize booklet, he was able to increase maize production from 5/6 bags to 18/20 bags per acreage.

Together with his wife, they decided to set apart an acre in front of their house to use it as a demo plot for their fellow villagers to learn on the best farming practices they have read in the maize booklet.

Through knowledge gained, Mr Mdimu is now a good environmental keeper since he utilizes a small portion of land for cultivation activities to get enough production rather than cultivating a large area with a poor production.

Through his success, he has been able to persuade his community to join in training and participate in agricultural activities. He has also organized a total of 38 Maasai and form two serving and lending groups.

 

Mdimu looks to the future with serenity

“From this production increment, it will help me improve my residential house later after selling surplus of my produce. Help my community engage themselves in better farming practices since it requires a small area for farming and get many produces. In this way I believe that even pasture for our livestock will be easily obtained because the environment will be conserved “.  “Inades Formation is my Hero”

 

The National Platform of Action for Family Farming in Côte d’Ivoire (PANAFCI) organized, from March 25 to May 10, 2019, two information and awareness raising tours for family farmers and CSOs on the scope and implications of major policies, laws and programs for the development of the agricultural sector and the implications.

A total of 459 farmers and civil society organizations participated in information and awareness-raising workshops on the scope and implications of major agricultural sector development policies, laws and programs in Côte d’Ivoire.

These workshops, initiated by PANAFCI, aimed to increase family farmers’ knowledge of the different various legal and regulatory systems that govern their field of activity and thus contribute toa better participation on their part in the formulation and implementation of these systems.

Indeed, the Ivorian agricultural sector is governed by a set of legal and institutional mechanisms designed to ensure its development. Thus in 2015, an Agricultural Orientation Law aimed at organizing the country’s agricultural policy was adopted. However, these mechanisms are little or not known to the main actors in the agricultural world made up of family farmers who live in rural areas.

These men, women and families, farmers and family farmers, are the basis of nutrition in both villages and cities, even though they are ironically the most deprived of the economic system and seem to have no possibility of recourse.

This situation challenges PANAFCI, one of whose objectives is to build the foundations and spaces for dialogue between public authorities and family farmers on the one hand and between the latter and the various development actors at the national and international levels on the other.

Abengourou workshop

The tours took place on March 25, 27 and 29 for the first phase, in the cities of Daloa/Haut-Sassandra region; Bouaké/Gbêkê region and Abengourou/ Indénié-Djuablin region; and for the second phase on May 06, 08 and 10 in the cities of Bondoukou/Gontougo region, Yamoussoukro/District of Yamoussoukro and Gagnoa/Gôh region.

In addition to members of the host regions’ platforms, each workshop brought together representatives of producer and civil society organizations from neighbouring regional platforms.

Thus, the Daloa workshop welcomed representatives from the Cavally, Gôh, Marahoué and Lôh-Djiboua regions; the Gbêkê region welcomed participants from the Poro regions, Tchologo, Aries/Yamoussoukro District and the Indénié-Djuablin region included representatives from the Mé, Gontougo, Moronou and Nzi regions.

The Bondoukou workshop welcomed the delegations of Mé, Moronou, Indénié-Djuablin and Sud Comoé; the Yamoussoukro workshop welcomed the delegations of Poro, Tchologo, Gbêkê and N’Zi; and finally, the Gagnoa workshop brought together the delegations of Cavally, Sud-Comoé, Marahoué and Loh-Djiboua.

Daloa Workshop

The workshops also recorded the participation of administrative authorities and technical structures.

During the first phase of the tour, the main facilitator, Mr. ASSOKO Maillet, Advocacy Officer at the GS of Inades-Formation, spoke to the participants about the National Development Plan (2016-2020 NDP), the second about the Agricultural Orientation Law of Côte d’Ivoire and the third about the National Agricultural Investment Programme (NIPA 2, 2017-2025).

The second phase focused on the revised National Strategy for the Development of the Rice Sector in Côte d’Ivoire (SNDR) 2012-2020; the National Strategy for the Development of Non-Rice Food Crops (SNDCV, 2014-2020); the Strategic Plan for the Development of Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture in Côte d’Ivoire (PSDEPA, 2014-2020).

The workshops enabled participants to familiarize themselves with and understand the contexts in which the various legal and regulatory instruments governing agriculture were drafted, the objectives of these instruments, the measures taken to implement them, the status of program implementation and the obstacles to implementation.

After each presentation, participants discussed the texts in relation to their reality and proposed measures to improve and better implement agricultural laws, policies and programs.

PANAFCI member organizations are committed to participating in agricultural development at the local, regional and national levels.

There a was general agreement that the workshops were very rewarding for all. Administrative authorities and representatives of technical structures participating for the first time in a PANAFCI activity welcomed the initiative to which they were pleased to have contributed.

Gallery Photos of the tour