|SPORE Bulletin of the CTA No. 20 (CTA Spore, 1989, 16 p.)|
In a bid to boost agricultural production throughout the 16-nation Economic Community of West Africa, the ECOWAS Fund based in Lome, Togo, is planning to establish a US$4 million network of seed production centres to form the nucleus of a vital West African Seed Technology centre.
Based in Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, and Sierra/ Leone, the centres will together cover 1000 acres and produce seeds for maize, rice, sorghum, millet, cowpea, groundnuts, soyabeans, cassava, and sweet potato - all vital elements in the regions diet.
Already a number of donor organizations have said they will support the project which they see as an essential first step to helping the region become selfsufficient in basic foodstuffs. For more details, contact:
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