Angola

Last updated: January 2019
  • Region Eastern and Southern Africa
  • UPOV membership status Member of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC); discussions to develop laws based on the UPOV Convention
  • Participation in OECD Seed Schemes No
  • ISTA accredited member laboratories No
  • GM crop approval for cultivation No
  • Law on Plant Variety Protection No
Seed sector in Angola

Since the end of civil unrest in 2002, there has been limited commercial seed industry activity in Angola. Farmers rely almost entirely on farm-saved seed or imported seed from the government and private companies. It is estimated that 94% of maize seed planted by farmers in Angola comes from grain saved on the farm or from grain or seed that is multiplied by farmers. This percentage is believed to be higher for other open pollinated crops such as beans, millet, sorghum, groundnuts and wheat. Crop production is low, resulting from the use of degenerated varieties of low quality seed, together with traditional low input crop management practices.

The government plays a large role in providing improved seed varieties and agronomic extension services to farmers. It has instituted a legal and regulatory structure for the seed industry, such as a recently passed seed , and it also stimulates the development of a commercial seed sector and encourages the participation of foreign seed companies based on long-term investment.

Observations

There are 14 index companies operating in Angola, almost entirely in sales. Capstone Seeds and Seed Co are the only companies going beyond this, with both producing and testing seed in the country.

Capstone Seeds is the lone company with at least one processing location in Angola. It reports having a close partnership with the local company Jardins da Yoba, through which it supplies parent material for maize seed and assists with developing local seed production.

None of the 14 index companies have breeding activities or extension services

Index company activities identified in Angola
Company Crops in portfolio Company activities in country
Companies selected for
the Access to Seeds Index
Field
crops
Vegetables Breeding
location
Testing
location
Seed
production
Processing
location
Sales Extension
services
Bayer
Bejo
Capstone Seeds
Corteva Agriscience
East-West Seed
Enza Zaden
Klein Karoo Africa
Limagrain
Pop Vriend Seeds
Sakata
Seed Co
Syngenta
Zamseed

Other index companies are also active in the country. However, country-specific information for these companies is not available or was provided under a non-disclosure agreement.

Other companies identified in the regional landscaping study and their activities

Company Crops in portfolio Company activities in country
Field
crops
Vegetable
crops
Breeding
location
Seed
production
Sales
Novagrolider
Jardins da Yoba
Kambondo
Valagro
Vrelo