Togo

Last updated: January 2019
  • Region Western and Central Africa
  • UPOV Membership status Member of OAPI who is a UPOV member
  • 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 Togo

Between 2010 and 2015, the Togolese government implemented its National Agricultural Investment and Food Security Program (PNIASA). The PNIASA aimed to support producers in accessing agricultural inputs, facilitate financing for producers through credit lines and supporting research, and also to provide extension services to producers in the development and transfer of technology.

Following the PNIASA, which ended in 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture launched a process to develop the National Plan for Agricultural Investment, Food and Nutrition Security from 2017 to 2026, which includes measures that incentivize the establishment of seed producers and companies in the country.

The Togolese Agricultural Research Institute produces and markets basic seeds, while those of certified crops are mainly insured by seed enterprises, cooperatives or individual seed producers.

In Togo, seed-producing cooperatives consist of small individual seed producers who are shareholders. The introduction of the 2010 The Organization for the Harmonzation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) Act on Cooperatives stimulated the establishment of cooperatives, and there are currently about 20 seed-producing cooperatives or related community-based associations producing seeds in the country, of which 10 are registered and officially recognized.

Observations

Seven index companies operate in Togo, but East-West Seed and Technisem are the only ones with testing locations. Seed Co is the only company with a seed production location, while Technisem is the only one with extension services in the country.

None of the companies has breeding or processing locations in Togo.

Index company activities identified in Togo
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
Bejo
East-West Seed
Limagrain
Pop Vriend Seeds
Sakata
Seed Co
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
Abé Solo-Seeds Company
Ets LE PAYSAN
MONFITH
STIEA
Togo Semence/Technisem

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
Société cooperative Savana Semence
Société cooperative DAVEZI
Société cooperative OTISSAN