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Partners from Niger and Chad Trained on Seed Production at ICRISAT Niger

Partners from Niger and Chad Trained on Seed Production at ICRISAT Niger

Skills Transfer

The ICRISAT Niamey Regional genebank recently hosted two workshop training sessions from April 26th to May 06th, 2023. The sessions were specifically organized for the National Agricultural and Research Services of Niger and Chad, with a focus on various aspects of seed production.

The primary objective of the training was to strengthen the seed delivery systems in both Niger and Chad, from research to the diffusion and utilization of improved varieties.

The training brought together five research technicians from the "Institut Tchadien de Recherche Agricole pour le Développement" (ITRAD), ten seed inspectors from the "Direction des Semences et Plants" (DSP), and ten seed technicians from four agricultural extension districts of the Ministry of Agriculture of Niger.

During the training program, participants covered a wide range of topics designed to enhance their seed production skills. These included seed systems and the roles of different stakeholders, best practices for seed production, harvest and post-harvest activities, varietal selection and maintenance, field experimentation, integrated pest management, as well as extension activities and communication. The training sessions incorporated both theoretical instruction and practical hands-on exercises, tailored to meet the demands and needs of the participants.

The training workshop was made possible through the support of the GIZ Bonn-funded seeds kits project under the "Ukraine funds." At the conclusion of the sessions, participants expressed their satisfaction and affirmed their commitment to applying the knowledge gained in their respective areas of work.

By equipping professionals with valuable skills and expertise, ICRISAT continues to play a crucial role in promoting sustainable agricultural practices and improving seed production systems in the region.

Banner image: Hands-on training in pearl millet regeneration. (Above) Snapshots from the training program.

This work aligns with SDG 17.
This work aligns with SDG 17.





Seed Systems Skills Transfer West & Central Africa
About The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a pioneering International Organization committed to developing and improving dryland farming and agri-food systems to address the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and environmental degradation affecting the 2.1 billion people residing in the drylands of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond.

ICRISAT was established under a Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of India and the CGIAR on the 28 March 1972. In accordance with the Headquarters Agreement, the Government of India has extended the status of a specified “International Organisation” to ICRISAT under section 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947 of the Republic of India through Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. UI/222(66)/71, dated 28 October 1972, issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

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