The harvest is in the seed
21 Mar 2023
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Week 92 – Guidelines: Promoting sustainable development of the seed sector

Authors: CDI Wageningen, KIT, IFDC; 2015
Keywords: sustainable development; resilience; seed production

The CATALIST 2 project referred to in this publication “aimed to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and promote regional trade in Burundi, North and South Kivu in the DRC and Rwanda. Strengthening the availability and use of quality seeds is therefore an integral part of the project.READ MORE

15 Mar 2023

Week 91: Research Paper: Farmer-Led Seed Production: Community Seed Banks Enter the National Seed Market

Authors: Ronnie Vernooy, Jai Rana, Gloria Otieno, Hilton Mbozi and Pitambar Shrestha
Topics: Community Seed Banks, Marketing; Farmers’ seed systems

Abstract: Smallholder farmers around the world obtain their seed from various sources, which can vary over time. In some countries, smallholder farmers are gaining ground as local seed producers and sellers. This study focuses on the seed production and marketing operations, achievements, and challenges of a particular type of such producers—community seed banks—which are new players in the seed market. (…)

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08 Feb 2023

Week 86 – Guidelines: Models for Strengthening Last Mile Seed Production and Distribution in Fragile Contexts

Authors: USAID, SCALE, ISSD ; 2022
Keywords: last mile; resilience; seed production

Developed by SCALE and Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa (ISSD Africa), the four cases presented here offer inspiring examples of models for strengthening last mile seed production and distribution for better seed systems resilience in fragile environments from Burundi, Mozambique, Niger, and South Sudan.READ MORE