SADC Seed Technical Meeting

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
USAID/SA Acting Deputy Mission Director - Kaya Adams at the opening of the SADC Seed Technical Meeting 2017
FTF Seed Trade Project

SADC Seed Technical Meeting 2017 Opens in Johannesburg

On Monday, November 13, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), supported by the Feed the Future Southern Africa Seed Trade Project with technical direction from the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, launched the SADC Seed Technical Meeting 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South African Chairperson Thabo Ramashala from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) along with USAID/Southern Africa’s Acting Deputy Mission Director Kaya Adams welcomed over 100 representatives from national seed authorities (NSAs), national plant protection organizations (NPPOs), national biosafety clearinghouses, and seed trade associations from all 15 SADC Member States. They were also representatives from private sector seed and agriculture companies, international organizations, research institutes, and civil society stakeholders.

Representatives gathered for the four-day plenary to review progress on execution of the SADC Harmonized Seed Regulations (HSR) and to address other pressing seed trade, phytosanitary, and biosecurity issues facing Member States. Participants also conducted a site visit to the Seed Testing Services of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in Pretoria.

A number of critical regional seed interventions were addressed including, updating the existing SADC Pest List to address growing challenges like the Fall Army Worm; evaluating sustainable business models for the SADC Seed Centre; and, exploring the role of UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants) to encourage breeding of new plant varieties.

Additionally, SADC convened a meeting of the SADC Seed Committee. Established in May 2016, the SADC Seed Committee is responsible for supervising the SADC Seed Centre and includes representatives of national seed authorities, national plant protection organizations, the private sector, and the SADC Secretariat. 

SADC Seed Technical Meeting
Group photo: SADC Seed Technical Meeting 2017
FTF Seed Trade Project

Last updated: November 14, 2017

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