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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

EU – IFAD programme supplies West Africa with better quality seeds

According to recent reports, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU) have successfully completed the implementation of a €20 million Food Facility (EUFF)  programme in five West African countries, namely Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. As indicated in an IFAD statement last week, the initiative has improved the quality of seeds through innovative production techniques.
Adriane Del Torto, IFAD’s project coordinator for the EUFF, has said that this eighteen month programme has enabled better access “to high quality seeds for smallholder farmers in the region and have trained them in production and farming techniques […] has supported more than 200,000 rural families to achieve higher yields, increase their income and improve their living conditions”.
The €1 billion EUFF was created in response to soaring food prices in developing countries between 2007-2008, to fund projects that would improve access to agricultural inputs and services, increase the agricultural productive capacity and address the basic food needs in West African states.

Source: IFAD