TASAI Ghana 2020 Report published

The 2020 TASAI Ghana Country Report summarizes the findings of the TASAI study conducted in Ghana in 2020 by the TASAI team, including two local seed industry experts. The results highlight several positive developments since the last TASAI study in 2017. Ghana’s seed policy environment is supportive of private-sector growth, with the requisite policy, legal, and regulatory instruments in place and functional. Seed growers surveyed were satisfied with the enforcement of regulatory instruments, the adequacy of seed inspectors, and government’s efforts to address the problem of counterfeit seed.

Ghana’s government subsidy program Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) has spurred growth in the seed sector. The number of varieties released has increased due to heightened demand for basic seed. PFJ offers a reliable channel to market certified seed, encouraging more growers to enter the market, thus making the industry more competitive. At the same time, the number of extension officers has also grown. Seed growers surveyed were happy with the transparency and predictability of the subsidy program. However, they registered dissatisfaction with the payment process, indicating a need for the government to improve its efficiency and speed.

The performance of the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) has also improved between 2017 and 2019, which reflects NASTAG’s efforts to increase the association’s visibility and its improved standing with the government.

The report was published in June 2021, following a successful dissemination meeting held in Accra on April 20, 2021, where the findings were validated and discussed by members of Ghana’s public and private seed sectors.