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Neema Agricole du Faso SA (NAFASO)

Project Description: Production and marketing of 2,000 metric tons of improved quality, high yielding, high-protein content and drought-resistant varieties of maize, millet and sorghum varieties through a tested out-growers network in Burkina Faso.

Grantee Name and Country: Neema Agricole du Faso SA (NAFASO), Burkina Faso

Project Name: Initiative designed to sustainably improve food security, resilience and value chain for smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Niger

Grant Amount: £700,000

Project Start Date:1st July 2016

Project Duration: 2 years and 7 months

Value Chain:      Maize, millet, sorghum

Trading Corridor: Burkina Faso-Ghana


NAFASO is a certified seed producer based in Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. It is specialized in the production and distribution of improved quality seeds at affordable costs for smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso as well as in the other West African countries. It has a production capacity of 5,000 metric tons of cereal seeds including maize, rice, sorghum, and of others such as cowpea, peanut, soybean and vegetables.

Summary of Grantee Project

This project is increasing production and commercialization of certified maize, millet and sorghum seeds and selling up to 50% of output in Ghana, Niger and other countries in the region. It is enabling poor smallholder farmer access to improved quality seeds using a sensitive pricing strategy that allows everyone to win in the business. Through a network of seed distribution shops in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger the project is enabling smallholder farmer access to quality seeds, and, using demonstration plots, radio advertisements, demonstration of good agronomic practices and field days it is enhancing smallholder farmer adoption of the seed varieties.  The project will reach 200,000 farmers over its life and will contribute about 300,000 metric tons of grains per year towards security in the region.