Started in September 2013, WASP-Benin aims to contribute to the sustainable increase, availability and accessibility of quality seeds. Four (04) result areas are targeted and selected activities are carried out to meet these expectations. In four years of effective implementation, the major achievements of the WASP-Benin sub-program are compelling and worth reviewing.
Result 1 : The Alliance for Seed Industry in West Africa (ASIWA) is established in order to create a community of practice that would facilitate experience sharing, synergy creation and optimal use of resources
o The National ASIWA Commission, comprising fifteen members, all stakeholders in the national seed sub-sector, is established. A bureau composed of 5-members was established.
o The capacities of ASIWA member associations focal points are strengthened.
o The electronic platform on seeds is officially launched.
Result 2: The ECOWAS regulations on seeds are implemented
o Regulation recorded in the Official Journal of the Republic of Benin (JORB) August 2013.
o National regulatory and legislative framework reviewed and aligned with ECOWAS regulation. Sept. 2013.
o Draft decrees to set up the management bodies and tools for the seed sub-sector, provided for in the ECOWAS seed regulation, are prepared and submitted for adoption by the government.
Capacity Building of Stakeholders:
o Researchers, breeders and regulatory agency managers: on the release methods for varieties and their registration in the official catalog (CaBEV) (32 people).
o Official control service managers (laboratory inspectors and technicians): on the implementation of quality control and certification of plant seeds (28 people).
o MSME promoters on administrative and regulatory requirements, on seed production, quality control and marketing (15 people including 04 women).
Result 3: The supply of breeder seeds of target crops is expanded
o Strengthening the INRAB system of seed production units for the provision of quality breeder seeds of six maize varieties and seven for rice.
o Establishment of an operational system for categorical seed programming/planning with actors and projects/programs involved in the seed sub-sector (72 people including 13 women over the period).
o Breeder seeds made available to seed multipliers from 2013 to 2016: Maize (4,420 kg), Rice (9,000 kg).
o Capacity-building for field and laboratory technicians from breeder and foundation seed production units on managing cropping and post-production operations (56 people, including 09 women).
o Result 4: The supply of foundation and certified seeds by a stronger private sector is expanded for target crops
o Private sector actors organized within the National Federation of Benin Seed Producers (FNPS).
o Creation of the first private seed entreprises (20) across the country, broken down into the following speculations: maize (14) and rice (06).
o Foundation seed supplies made available to seed multipliers from 2013 to 2016:
o Maize: 253.8 tons (6 varieties ranging from extra-early to late).
o Rice: 223.35 tons (7 varieties ranging from upland to irrigated).
o Certified seed supplies made available to edible grain producers from 2013 to 2016:
o Maize: 19,789 tons (6 varieties ranging from extra-early to late).
o Rice: 9,060.31 tons (7 varieties ranging from upland to irrigated)
o Capacity strengthening for seed MSME promoters on crop management, post-production operations, agribusiness and business plan development (50 people including 06 women).
o The implementation of WASP has provided the legal, technical and socio-economic bases of a seed industry geared towards West Africa’s agricultural emergence.
o The numerous achievements it has contributed to need to be built upon to ensure an efficient and sustainable West African seed industry.
Mellon Glele (WASP Benin Seed Specialist)