Author: Tanguy Smoes, Global Growing Casebook, EU, 2012
Topics: quality seeds; institutional strengthening; Democratic Republic of Congo

The Congolese Centre for Culture, Education and Development CECFOR, a NGO operating education and health care facilities, recognised these limitations but also the potential of the agricultural sector for development in the region.

Cooperating with the European Union and development organisations from Italy and Spain CECFOR set up a research facility for improved seeds in the DRC – CEPROSEM. (…)

In 2010 CEPROSEM became the first independent state-approved research facility in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Participating farmers benefited mostly from 30 percent lower costs for seeds, higher crop productivity and agricultural training.

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