Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa

Overview

Established in 2013, the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa (SSTP), is a $47 million partnership between USAID and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), working to accelerate smallholder farmer access to transformative agricultural technologies.
 
SSTP was formed to assist six countries - Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania - to meet specific policy and commercialization commitments made under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
 
SSTP aims to increase the production of quality seeds by 45 percent in four years and ensure that 40 percent more farmers gain access to innovative agricultural technologies.

The Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa’s (SSTP) activities in Ethiopia focus on: improving the delivery of farm inputs – quality seed of superior varieties, blended fertilizer and rhizobium inoculants - to farmers, supporting the development and implementation of improved seed policy, and helping local companies scale and commercialize technologies that improve environmental outcomes and smallholder farmer productivity.

These priority areas were identified following extensive consultations with key stakeholders including, The Government of Ethiopia, public and private sector stakeholders, as well as development and implementing partners.

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In Ghana, the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa (SSTP) is working with public and private sector partners to strengthen the country’s seed sector.

Agriculture plays a significant role in the lives of Ghanaians, which is responsible for half of the jobs in Ghana and a quarter of the national economy.

However, like many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, targeted investment in the local seed sector has been lacking, meaning farmers are unable to access quality seed and input technology that could dramatically increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

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The Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa (SSTP) is supporting public and private sector organizations to unlock the potential of Malawi’s smallholders through the increased awareness and enhanced uptake of improved agricultural technologies.

Agriculture accounts for 30% of Malawi’s gross domestic product and almost 80% of jobs, making it critical for the country’s economy and the livelihoods and food security for millions of smallholder farmers.

However, the productivity of Malawi’s smallholder farmers continues to be hindered due to the limited access to technology like improved seed and fertilizer.

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Dominated by smallholder farmers, Mozambique’s agricultural sector plays a key role in the country’s economy and livelihood of Mozambicans, accounting for 30% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), eight percent of the country’s exports and 80% of jobs.

However, agricultural productivity in Mozambique remains low, due to the limited adoption of quality inputs and modern agricultural techniques, poor coordination between players in the agricultural value chain and high post-harvest losses.

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In Senegal, the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa (SSTP) is focused on supporting public and private sector partners in their efforts to overcome the challenges holding back Senegal’s smallholder agriculture sector.

Employing 75% of the population, years of underinvestment has resulted in low agricultural productivity, meaning Senegal is one of the biggest importers of food in the world per head of population.

Recognizing the potential of agriculture to reduce hunger and improve food security, the Government of Senegal continues to place a focus on transforming the sector, and has implemented a number of initiatives to increase investment and agricultural output, including a commitment to become self-sufficient in rice production by 2017.

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Agriculture plays a significant role in the Tanzanian economy, accounting for 24 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 70 percent of jobs.

But while the agricultural sector has grown substantially in the past – from 2007 until 2012 it grew at over 5% per year – challenges including limited access to quality input technology, means Tanzania’s smallholder farmers struggle to reach their full potential.

In Tanzania, the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa (SSTP) is working with both public and private sector partners to deliver the solutions needed to help transform Tanzanian agriculture.

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