West Africa Seed Alliance (WASA)

Published on 2 July 2010

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Start Date: 15 October 2007 | End Date: 31 December 2011

Overview

The WASA project will support critical agricultural and trade measures aimed at increasing the production and marketing of food staples along key trade and transport corridors. The Program will greatly expand WASA presence, expanding the program in Benin/Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, and bringing WASA activities to Senegal. Building on the substantial presence established by WASA over the past year, staff from ICRISAT, CNFA, and ISU (referred to as ‘the ICRISAT Team’) will modernize the agricultural input and output distribution systems, facilitating smallholder producer access to improved seed varieties, complementary inputs, production technologies and strengthened links to cash markets. This, combined with support to actors up and down the value-chain, will increase smallholder productivity and market access, thereby improving food security in West Africa as well as expanding income opportunities for rural producers.

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