The harvest is in the seed

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we at AfricaSeeds are conscious that seed delivery is crucial to ensure that farmers can plant their preferred varieties on time for the next season. During these unprecedented times, seed sector actors need to find new ways to carry out this essential service.

Some of us may have to work remotely, and need improved access to knowledge and information online, rather than face-to-face. Some other may need to acquire new skills. To respond to these needs, we are making information and knowledge about the seed system more readily available for all actors of the seed sector.

There are numerous quality information materials about seed sector sustainable development available out there. This wealth of knowledge addresses the entire array of the seed value chain. It can be used to strengthen the capacity along all steps of the seed value chain, for a more coordinated and effective seed sector development.

Every week, we highlight a specific initiative that is working towards strengthening knowledge about the seed sector in Africa via the publication of training material, guidelines, policy briefs, frameworks, datasets, videos, etc. The improved visibility of these initiatives will contribute to increase seed security, thus boosting the foundation of food security and livelihoods of Africa.

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©AGRILINKS
14 Sep, 2020 No Comments

Week 5 – Document base: Feed the Future programs initiatives

Authors: USAID, Catholic Relief Services, AGRA, Seed Systems Group
Themes: Early Generation Seeds, Market, Innovation, Policy

USAID’s Feed the Future programs and partners have been striving to create quality seeds of improved crop varieties in order to deliver higher yields to smallholder farmers. Partners include: Catholic Relief Services through USAID support, AGRA, and the Seed Systems Group.

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©CIRAD&INERA
03 Sep, 2020 No Comments

Week 4 – Working paper: “Agriculture and seed regional policies in West Africa: actors and strategic focus”

Author: CIRAD & INERA, 2020
Topics: Legislation / Governance / Harmonisation 

This working paper summarizes the basis of knowledge and information on public policy that regulate the seed sector in the West African. It synthesizes the contributions of several sources of information relating to master’s work, experts’ interviews, consultations’ forums between 2016 and 2020.

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Covid-19 and seeds
24 Jul, 2020 No Comments

Week 3 – Guidelines: “Covid-19 and Seed Security”

Author: seedsystem.org (2020)
Topics: Policy / Planning / Emergency / Covid-19

Covid-19 is bringing new challenges, including to farmers, seed systems, and to seed security response. This brief is part of a set of guidance notes that aim to help humanitarian practitioners think through the possible effects of Covid -19 on farmers’ seed security – and then to offer guidance on possible response options, if needed.

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Resilient Seed Sytems
16 Jul, 2020 No Comments

Week 2 – Guidelines: “Resilient Seed Systems: Shared Action Framework”

Author: Global Alliance for the Future of Food (2019)
Topics: Policy / Research / Partnerships / Governance

The Resilient Seed Systems Shared Action Framework (available in English and Spanish) is a strategic guide for diverse stakeholders to take a holistic, collaborative approach to protecting and enhancing the world’s seed systems and to galvanize the action on agricultural biodiversity.

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