Institutional background of the Seed Trade Association of Malawi
The STAM, is an association of a consortium of quality oriented entities involved with and dealing in seed production, processing, transporting, distributing and marketing, was established in September 2004. The mandate of the association is to strengthen the seed industry through contribution to relevant agricultural policies leading to economic development of Malawi in order to promote rural development.
Specifically, the association was established with the following objectives:
- Enhance communication with the Ministry of Agriculture on matters affecting the seed industry
- Promote use of improved seeds to achieve high productivity for food and cash
- Ensure consistency and reliability in the supply of quality, high yielding seed to farmers
In summary, STAM was established to promote use of improved certified seed to achieve high productivity for food and cash, ensure consistency and reliability in the supply of quality seed to farmers and support government of Malawi in achieving food security, self-sufficiency and export drive as well as to combat fake (counterfeit) seed and illegal or substandard seed multiplication.