Our Achievements


As the apex seed organization representing the African seed industry, AFSTA, which is home to about 120 members, has continued to lead from the front through key accomplishments below:

  • Attainment of diplomatic status in Kenya where AFSTA’s headquarters are based and has its own office since 2014;
  • Established effective committees such as the Membership Committee, West African Committee; Communication and Advocacy Committee, Partnership and Harmonization Committee, Plant Biotechnology Committee, Plant Breeding Innovation Committee and Communication and Advocacy Committee;
  • Effectively promoted and developed the African seed sector in general and the private seed industry in particular;
  • Organized 20 successful annual congresses since 2000 which have proved to be excellent trade and networking forum;
  • Setting up and strengthening 29 National Seed Trade Associations (NSTAs) in Africa.
  • Successfully implemented 12 long term projects;
  • Development and adopting of nine position papers on various important topics for the seed sector;
  • Strengthening the capacity of AFSTA members through training on key issues such as agribusiness management, seed technology, communication on modern biotechnology. advocacy techniques, financial management and seed trade associations’ management, etc.;
  • Supporting harmonization of seed regulations and policies in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS);
  • Recognition by intergovernmental organizations such as the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC);
  • Recognition by international seed bodies such as the International Seed Federation (ISF), the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) etc.;
  • AFSTA has continuously supported the private seed sector in West Africa through mainly the National Seed Trade Associations and the regional office in Dakar, Senegal;

The first AFSTA Annual Congress was held in Lilongwe, Malawi in 2000. Thereafter, the congresses have been held as follows;

Egypt (2001);  Senegal (2002);  Kenya (2003);  Tunisia (2004), Cameroon (2005);  Uganda (2006); Zambia (2007); Morocco (2008); South Africa (2009);  Mali (2010); Malawi (2011), Zanzibar (2012) and Mauritius (2013), Tunisia (2014), Zimbabwe (2015), Kenya (2016), Tunisia (2017), Egypt (2018), Kenya (2019), Zambia (2020), Kenya (2021), Tunisia (2022)