SIG

AFSTA Special Interest Group (SIG)

AFSTA initiated SIG as members’ service to promote quality seed trade of special interest crops in the Africa seed industry.

OBJECTIVES OF THE AFSTA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

  • All AFSTA members to involve themselves in promoting trade of field crops and vegetables
  • Be a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas on seed trade of field crops and vegetables
  • Act as a `Think Tank’ for technical support of Africa seed industry and serve the interest of AFSTA members and farmers
  • To develop strategies to promote trade in quality seeds of field crops and vegetables in Africa.
  • To explore opportunities for the development of the seed industry in Africa
  • To build and expand networks amongst stakeholders in collaboration with the AFSTA secretariat

 To operationalize the SIG idea, AFSTA put online registration forms for members to sign to the groups and many members signed up.  Due to the members’ interest in the SIG, AFSTA requested assistant of technical experts in Field crops and Vegetables to spearhead the development of the two SIG groups.

SIG Field Crops (SIGFC) was spearheaded by Denias Zakarinya from Seedco & Dr. John MacRobert from CYMMYT, both from Zimbabwe.

SIG Vegetables was spearheaded by Jackline Hughes and Abdou Tenkauano both from AVRDC. J. Hughes.

The two SIG groups were launched in Mauritius during the 13th AFSTA congress and the SIG spearheads made presentations on issues impacting on seed trade of the special interest crops as;

Field crops issues

  • Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease in East Africa
  • Changing Climates and Market requirements
  • Biotechnology in Maize, Cotton & Soyabeans
  • Low market attraction in Sorghum & Millet, few varieties, no hybrids registered
  • Slow Varietal Release Processes and seed certification
  • Slow Implementation of Regional Harmonisation
  • Farmer productivity and purchasing power

Vegetables issues

  • Lack of quality seed availability and production issues both biotic and abiotic
  • Postharvest management and Marketing
  • Hazardous contaminants and food preparation methods

Benefits of SIG

  • Bringing members together
  • Sharing of information
  • Exploring new business possibilities
  • Discussion of key research areas
  • Addressing  policy issues through group action
  • Access to non-exclusive information
  • Research facilitation on topics of special interest
  • Policy change leverage

Members elected officials to lead the SIGs groups in seeking solutions on the identified issues.

SIG Elected officials

NAME COUNTRY INSTITUTION ELECTED CONTACT
Worede Woldemariam ETHIOPIA PIONEER HI BRED CHAIR

SIG Field Crops

Worede.Woldemariam@pioneer.com
Johan Pieterse SOUTH AFRICA KLEIN KAROO VICE CHAIR

SIG Field Crops

jpieterse@seedmarketing.co.za
Justin Rakotoarisaona KENYA AFSTA AFSTA SECRETARY GENERAL Justin@afsta.org
Grace Gitu KENYA AFSTA SECRETARY

SIG Field Crops

gitu@afsta.org
Dr. John MacRoert ZIMBABWE CYMMYT TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SIG Field Crops

j.macrobert@cgiar.org
Denias Zaranyika ZIMBABWE SEEDCO TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SIG Field crops

deniasza@seedco.co.zw
Calvin Fambisayi ZIMBABWE SEEDCO TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SIG Field crops

Guy Blaise CAMEROON SEMAGRI CMR CHAIR

SIG Vegetables

gbsatsa@yahoo.fr
Evelyn Musyoka KENYA AMIRAN KENYA VICE CHAIR

SIG Vegetables

everlynm@amirankenya.com
Justin Rakotoarisaona KENYA AFSTA AFSTA SECRETARY GENERAL Justin@afsta.org
Grace Gitu KENYA AFSTA SECRETARY

SIG vegetables

gitu@afsta.org
Jackline Hughes BRITAIN AVRDC TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SIG Vegetables

jackie.hughes@worldveg.org
Abdou Tekauano TANZANIA AVRDC TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SIG Vegetables

abdou.tenkouano@worldveg.org

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