The project to improve production, conservation and management of forest seeds in Benin was initiated by the Office National du Bois (ONAB) whose chief mission is to rehabilitate the national forest estate and to restore timber production levels. In the implementation of its reforestation mission, ONAB faces the unavailability of quality seeds in sufficient quantity. This project aims to ensure a sustainable supply of forest seeds to meet the needs of ONAB and private and public reforestation stakeholders in Benin.
The implementation of this project proposal will secure reliable and operational sources for high-quality forest seeds, and use appropriate methods for harvesting, processing, storing and disseminating higher quality seeds to produce efficient planting stock to supply reforestation activities essentially devoted to rehabilitating degraded forest landscape in Benin. The three outputs expected at the end of this project are as follows: (i) the production system for high-quality forest seeds has improved; (ii) ONAB’s capacity for managing and conserving high-quality forest seeds is enhanced, (iii) technical and organizational capacities of grassroots stakeholders are strengthened.