Nigeria and the Netherlands have launched a four-year collaborative seed programme (CSP) to sustainably address major challenges in the Nigerian seed sector.
The programme, which was launched at a recent virtual event organized by Sahel Consulting, will bring together stakeholders in the Nigerian and Dutch seed sector to enhance the performance of Nigeria’s seed sector.
It will contribute to the vision of the National Seed Roadmap and ensure that smallholder farmers in Africa’s most populous country have access to adequate, secure, and timely supply of quality seeds to boost their productivity.
“Partnerships have been on the heart of the Netherlands success in the agri-food sector and nobody can attain food security in Nigeria alone,” said Harry Van Dijk, the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, during the virtual launch.
“We need collaboration between governments, entrepreneurs, civil societies, and research institutions to attain food security. The collaborative seed programme is the newest initiative under the umbrella of the Nigeria-Netherlands seed partnership,” Harry Dijk said.
He noted that working closely together with Nigeria on the seed system would help step up efforts to meet local demand for quality seeds for sustainable and healthy food in the country.
He stated that making use of high-quality seeds is a vital step in increasing food production, saying it is the major reason the Dutch government has decided to invest in the CSP initiative. Business Day