Guinea

Last updated: January 2019
  • Region Western and Central Africa
  • UPOV membership status No
  • Participation in OECD Seed Schemes No
  • ISTA accredited member laboratories No
  • GM crop approval for cultivation No
  • Law on Plant Variety Protection Annex X of the 1999 agreement revising the Bangui Agreement on the creation of the OAPI
Seed sector in Guinea

The lack of a functioning rural credit system is a key factor that prevents the modernization of equipment and the use of inputs. To address the challenge of access to quality seeds for smallholders, the National Seed Committee was established, while the Seeds, Plants and Fertilizers Division of the Ministry of Agriculture handles seed certification. The government recognizes the important role that the private sector can play in supplying farmers with seeds at a reasonable cost, so it encourages private operators to invest in implementing a seed policy. Together with the Food and Agriculture Organization and  the Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel (CILSS), Guinea is preparing a national variety catalog and an overarching seed policy.

Since its inception, the West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), funded by the World Bank, has supported the supply of seeds to farmers in countries throughout the region, including Guinea. WAAPP, under the regional coordination of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), is a program that generates and disseminates improved technologies in participating countries. It has become an important player in the Guinean seed sector.

Observations

Only five index companies have seed sales activities in Guinea, and none is involved in other activities, such as breeding, production or extension services. However, several national seed companies and seed-producing cooperatives (not included in the index) are involved in seed production and sales.

Index company activities identified in Guinea
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
Faso Kaba
Limagrain
NAFASO
Technisem

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
Saref International
Agriculture Qualité
SPCIA
Entreprise Tidiane Agriculture
Comptoir Agricole
Coopérative semencière de Koba
PAG Farms

Leading seed producing cooperatives highlighted in cooperative study

Company Crops in portfolio Company activities in country
Field
crops
Vegetable
crops
Testing
location
Seed
production
Sales
Coopérative semencière de Koba
Union des producteurs semenciers de Kindia
Entreprise Guinée Semences