The African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) is a not-for-profit membership association formed in 2000 to champion interests of private seed companies in Africa. It is registered in Kenya as an International Organizationl. Currently, the Association has about 100 members comprising of seed companies and National Seed Trade Associations, among others.
To create the best environment for trade and innovation in quality seed for the benefit of members and farmers in Africa.
All farmers in Africa have access to quality seed for food security.
The objectives of AFSTA are to:
- Promote the trade in quality seeds;
- Strengthen communication with African seed industries and with the world;
- Facilitate establishment of national seed trade associations in Africa;
- Provide information on seed to members;
- Interact with regional governments and NGOs involved in seed activities in order to promote the interests of the private seed industry;
- Promote activities that lead to regulatory harmonization throughout Africa to facilitate movement of seed; and
- Develop a statistical database on African seed production and trade.
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)