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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28 Nov 2022
© FAO

Week 80 – Research Paper: Promoting smallholder seed enterprises: quality seed production of rice, maize, sorghum and millet in northern Cameroon

Author: Robert G. Guei, Abdoulaye Barra and Drissa Silue´; 2011
Keywords: small seed enterprises; Cameroon; quality seed

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) conducted two projects in Cameroon on strengthening rice, and sorghum, maize and millet seed production by smallholder seed enterprises (SSEs). READ MORE

02 Nov 2022

Week 76 – Policy Guidance: Community Seed Production – Workshop Proceedings 9-11 December 2013

Authors: CO Ojiewo, S Kugbei, Z Bishaw and JC Rubyogo (eds) , 2013
Key words: governance; community seeds

Over the past decade, there has been an emerging trend to lower yield gaps through promoting more efficient and accessible input markets and ‘market-led technology adoption in agriculture’. READ MORE

19 Oct 2022
© Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Week 74 – Seed-Business Oriented Demonstration Trials: An Efficient Option to Promote Tef (Eragrostis tef ) Varieties

Authors: Abate Bekele, Solomon Chanyalew, Tebkew Damte, Nigussu Husien, Worku Kebede, Kidist Tolosa, Yazachew Genet, Kebebew Assefa, Demeke Nigussie, Dominik Klauser and Zerihun Tadele; 2022
Key words: traditional varieties; neglected crops

Tef (Eragrostis tef) is extensively cultivated by over 6.5 million smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.

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12 Oct 2022
©Elsevier

Week 73 – Research paper: Harmonizing Regional Seed Regulations in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Assessment

Authors: Katrin Kuhlmann, 2015
Key words: Legislation, regional harmonization

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, regional harmonization holds great promise for linking markets and achieving economies of scale, opening up opportunities along value chains and improving livelihoods across sectors, including agriculture.READ MORE

29 Sep 2022
©AFSTA

Week 71 – Case study: Basic Study of the seed sector in Democratic Republic of Congo, in keeping with Regional Harmonization of Seed Legislation

Authors: Bukasa Katambayi, AFSTA
Key words: Regional Harmonization, Seed Legislation, DRC

[…] the government high ranking officials are aware of the SADC initiative on seed policies harmonization and much more involved as it can be realized that some key officials from our ministry of agriculture actively took part in workshops organized by COMESA in Kinshasa (DR. Congo) and Lusaka (Zambia).

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