September 15, 2020
– A new online tool designed for producers,
farmers, and other actors in certain value chains to access critical
information on agriculture input recommendations/packages will be launched
virtually on September 22, 2020. The Fertilizer and Seed Recommendations for
West Africa Map (FeSeRWAM) is a geographical information system and web-based
platform that captures, stores, and provides information regarding data-visualization
recommendation of seeds and fertilizers.
The platform aims to increase the demand for and
use of appropriate fertilizers and improved seeds to increase agricultural
productivity in West Africa.
The United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) West Africa provides funding for this initiative through
the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through
Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) and
Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) Programs, implemented by the International Fertilizer
Development Center (IFDC) and the West
and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), respectively.
"Farmers across the West Africa region,
just as other parts of sub-Sahara Africa, continue to contend with very low
yields because of difficulties accessing vital information on improved seeds
and appropriate fertilizers. FeSeRWAM is a major solution to address this
challenge sustainably," says Dr. Abdulai Jalloh, Director of Research and
Innovation at CORAF.
"For stakeholders in the agricultural sector,
particularly in the seed and fertilizer value chains across West Africa, the FeSeRWAM
is a one-stop online tool that will deliver key technical site-specific
information on improved seeds, appropriate fertilizer blends, and good
agriculture practices," says Dr. Oumou Camara, Regional Director, IFDC North and West Africa.
The FeSeRWAM platform is expected to support
decision-making and enable farmers to increase their agricultural productivity
and improve their general well-being.
Through a collaborative process that lasted nearly
two years, the platform's development involved more than 350 stakeholders from
various national and regional organizations.
FeSeRWAM is designed and targeted to
- Agro-dealers and agricultural extension agents to
determine agricultural input packages (AIPs) suitable for their specific agro-ecological
zones (AEZs), which can be used as backstopping and training material for
- Policy- and decision-makers to select AIPS for subsidy
- Researchers to adapt one country’s AIP to the specific AEZ
of another country
- Fertilizer blenders to use nutrient requirements to
select appropriate raw materials for blending site-specific fertilizers.
Besides supporting decision-making, farmer
backstopping, and training by agro-dealers and agricultural extensionists,
FeSeRWAM will generate AIPs that have been developed by experts from the
national agricultural research systems and validated by national and regional
The use of these packages will improve
agricultural productivity and reduce food insecurity in West Africa.