TASAI studies launch in 8 new countries

Between July and October, our team has launched TASAI in eight new countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Importantly, six of the eight countries are located in West Africa, showing TASAI’s growing reach in the region.

In each country, at the start of the TASAI study the team meets with local industry stakeholders from government, private sector and the seed association to introduce them to the goals of TASAI and to its research methodology. Local stakeholders are invited to propose priority questions from the TASAI indicators that are key within that country’s context. In doing this, the team seeks local buy-in and support. For example, in Rwanda, one of the government’s priorities is to reduce dependence on seed imports, so here the TASAI study results will highlight examples from other African countries that have achieved this goal.

TASAI inception meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi