Electronic Seed Demand Forecasting Tool launched to improve seed delivery in West Africa

A new online tool to improve the delivery of seeds in West Africa will be unveiled at a virtual event on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Initiated by CORAF and funded by the United States Agency for International Development West Africa within the PAIRED framework, this tool is expected to improve seeds’ delivery considerably.

“Delivery systems for seeds are currently underdeveloped in West Africa, thereby limiting the much-needed access to improved varieties by smallholder farmers,” says Dr. Abdulai Jalloh, CORAF’s Director of Research and Innovation.

The Seed Demand Forecasting Tool is a practical instrument used in projecting the potential and actual
seed demands to support both the public seed sector and private seed companies.

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How the Tool Looks Like
The Seed Demand Forecasting Tool is an excel spreadsheet that works based on a series of basic assumptions such as the potential area to be used for seed production, seeding rate, and seed yield.

It is meant to assist producers in planning the seed production effort through a process of demand projections and
examining past and present performance levels, combined with assessing available products and current
markets.

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What Challenge does it seek to solve?
More or less seeds could be produced at the start of the farming season than demanded, leading to shortfall or substantial carryover of the seed stock.

What are the Advantages?
• Development of seed production roadmap
• Preparation of business plans;
• Developing the sales promotion strategy;
• Making financial arrangements;
• Arranging storage and transportation;
• Working out quantities of inputs to procure

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As part of efforts to leverage digital for agriculture opportunities to grow the food system in West and
Central Africa, CORAF and partners are currently deploying the following tools:

• FeSeRWAM
• Market for Agriculture Technologies and Innovations (MITA)
• Agripreneur TV
• WASIX (en développement)

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Experts argue that these tools can be game-changing steps given the relatively high internet penetration
and mobile telephony use in West and Central Africa.

Digital for agriculture tools such as the Seed Forecasting Tool allows for the democratization of data and
relevant research outputs to farmers using the magic of the internet,» says Dr. Yacouba Diallo, an agriinput expert at CORAF.

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