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AGRA and MOFA Ghana collaborate through SeedSAT Initiative

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Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) collaborated on an initiative to strengthen the country’s seed system and increase food security.

Experts, farmer-based organizations, and small-holder farmers at the event debated how to improve Ghana’s food security by improving the country’s seed systems, using the SeedSAT evaluation technique.

The AGRA-led SeedSAT initiative, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, analyses key indicators of a country’s seed system, scoring them on eight thematic areas after which key recommendations on how to increase the delivery and use of improved varieties of seed would be provided by experts.

The tool typically uses information aggregated from existing resources and assessments and adds additional subject matter expertise to help identify the root cause of deficiencies and inefficiencies of a country’s seed system.

Already, the SeedSAT has been highly successful in three of the four targeted countries – Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi – with Ghana being the latest country to use the tool to strengthen its seed system.

With sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the AGRA-led SeedSAT program analyzes key indicators of a country’s seed system, grading them on eight thematic areas, and then providing critical recommendations on how to promote the delivery and usage of improved seed varieties.

The tool often combines data from existing resources and assessments with subject matter expertise to help uncover the main cause of a country’s seed system’s shortcomings and inefficiencies.

The conference between AGRA and the Agriculture Ministry would finish by evaluating the difficulties and opportunities inherent in Ghana’s crop value chains to identify investment opportunities for seed system development, with input from experts and other stakeholders. AGRA believes that this will help to alter Ghana’s agri-food sector.

The conference between AGRA and the Agriculture Ministry would finish by evaluating the difficulties and opportunities inherent in Ghana’s crop value chains to identify investment opportunities for seed system development, with input from experts and other stakeholders. AGRA believes that this will help to alter Ghana’s agri-food sector.

Paul Siameh, the Director of Agriculture Extension Services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, lauded the SeedSAT project, stating that Ghana has fully embraced the use of certified improved seeds in agriculture. Farmers’ inability to get high-quality seeds, he said, is one of the country’s evident challenges in agricultural output, which stifles good yield.

Meanwhile, as previously reported by YEN.com.gh, AGRA is assisting Ghana in making a significant push toward large-scale organic fertilizer manufacturing, despite a global inorganic fertilizer production problem.

Animal manure and composted organic materials are examples of organic fertilizers that contain plant or animal-based elements that are either a byproduct or end product of naturally occurring processes.

Inorganic fertilizers, which are dominated by the chemicals nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), have ensured food production for many millennia.

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