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Tuesday 27th February 2018


“GAIN A HEADSTART ON TACKLING FALL ARMYWORM”  – The Fall Armyworm (FAW), a new invasive pest in Africa has quickly spread to almost all countries in Africa. How do we tackle this destructive pest? Seed treatment as part of the solution.

Topic 1: Vegetable improvement at WorldVeg from genetic resources to commercialization by Dr. Mohamed Rakha, Vegetable Breeder – Insect Resistance, World Vegetable Center, Taiwan

Topic 2: True Potato Seed   by Mr. Rien van Bruchem, Crop Manager TPS, Bejo Zaden B.V.

Topic 3: ISPM 38 on the International Movement of Seeds – Outreach Activity by Mr. Michael Keller, Secretary General, ISF

Topic 4: Climate change impact on maize seed production: case for Southern Africa by Mr. Calvin Fambisayi, Business Development Executive (SeedCo group)

Topic 5: Closing the gap between the potential and obtained results of improved maize varieties: Case for Ethiopia by Dr. Walter Mupangwa, Systems Agronomist, Sustainable Intensification Program (SIP) CIMMYT

Wednesday 28th February 2018

 09:00 – 11:00 OPENING CEREMONY (Ballroom)

  • Welcome Speech and Overview of the seed sector of Egypt by the Chairman of the Seed Industry Association of Egypt (ESIA);
  • Presentation of the activities of AFSTA for 2017 by Mr. Justin J. Rakotoarisaona, Secretary General of AFSTA;
  • Speech by Mr. Denias Zaranyika, President of AFSTA;
  • Speech by His Excellency Dr. Abdelmoniem El Banna, Minister of Agriculture & Land Reclamation, on behalf of his Excellency Engineer Sherif Ismael the Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt;
  • Invitation to the AFSTA congress 2019, Chairman of the Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK) and Projection of promotional video on the AFSTA Congress 2019

12:00 – 17:30    PLENARY SESSIONS

Session 1:

Topic:  Legislation and the future of the seed industry in Egypt by Dr. Adel Yaseen, AFSTA Board member and Managing Director of Fine Seeds Int., Egypt

Session 2:

Topic: The African seed industry vis-à-vis the Plant breeding innovation by Mr. Lauren Good, Senior Program Officer of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Session 3:

Topic: Impacts of the use of biotechnology (Transgenic, mutagenesis, CRISPR, etc.) in Africa for the last 20 years by Dr. Hennie Groanewald, Executive Manager, Biosafety South Africa, South Africa

Session 4:

Topic: Plant Breeders’ Rights Versus Farmers’ Rights in Africa: Challenges and Prospects by OAPI, ARIPO and UPOV

Thursday 1st March 2018

Session 1:

Highlights on the activities of the special interest groups (SIGs) on “Field crops” and “Vegetables” by Mr. Johan Pieterse, Chairman of the SIG on “Field Crops” and Dr. Lukeshni Chetty, Chairperson of the SIG on “Vegetables”

Session 2:

Topic: View and experiences of the private seed sector on the implementation of the harmonized seed regulations at the Regional Community level.

Speakers: One seed company from each Regional Economic Communities (COMESA, SADC and ECOWAS) – 15 min presentation for each representative of the Regional Economic Community 

Session 3:

Topic: The African seed industry facing the challenges of the fall armyworms by Dr. Prasanna Maruthi Boddupalli from International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

15:30 – 17:00     AFSTA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018

Chairman: Mr. Denias Zaranyika – President of the African Seed Trade Association.

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