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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30 Mar, 2022 No Comments

Week 46 – Workplan: FeedTheFuture FY22 Annual work plan

Author: USAID & CRS, 2021
Topics: seed systems; capacity development; inclusion

The Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development activity (S34D) is a five year Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award, funded by Feed the Future through the Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and by USAID through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). READ MORE

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22 Mar, 2022 No Comments

Week 45 – Research Findings: FTA Highlight No. 2 – Tree Seed and Seedling Systems for Resilience and Productivity

Author: Lars Graudal, CIFOR, 2022
Topics: seed system development; tree seeds; forests

Tree seeds and seedlings for planting purposes are the starting point from which farmers, foresters and others are able to grow trees. They are produced and made available through “seed systems”. These seed systems have been a major topic of work by FTA in the last decade because of the constraints faced by actors on the ground in obtaining tree-planting material corresponding to their needs and of good quality. (…)READ MORE

10 Feb, 2022 No Comments

Week 41 – Global Study: Using Regulatory Flexibility to Address Market Informality in Seed Systems: A Global Study

Author: Catholic Relief Services, 2020
Topics: seed systems; regulations; seed policies; integrated development

This paper addresses a gap in current literature regarding the role of law and regulation in linking the informal and formal seed sectors and creating more inclusive and better governed seed systems. Drawing upon insights from literature, global case studies, key expert consultations, and a methodology on the design and implementation of law and regulation, we present a framework that evaluates how regulatory flexibility can be built into seed systems to address farmers’ needs and engage market stakeholders of all sizes. READ MORE

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03 Feb, 2022 No Comments

Week 40 – Activity overview: Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development (S34D)

Author: Catholic Relief Services, 2021
Topics: seed systems; resilience; emergency; SSA; integrated development

The Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development activity (S34D) is a five-year Leader with Associates (LWA) award, funded by Feed the Future through the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and by USAID through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).READ MORE

26 Jan, 2022 No Comments

Week 39 – Policy brief: Renewing seed sector governance in Burkina Faso for inclusive development

Author: Eveline M.F.W. SAWADOGO/COMPAORE, Ludovic TEMPLE, Souleymane OUEDRAOGO, Aline ZONGO, Soungalo SOULAMA, 2020
Topics: seed systems; formal and informal; Burkina Faso; integrated development

The seed sector is a central component of food security. It is generally perceived in a binary way by differentiating the so-called formal actors (engaged in the production of certified seeds) and the so-called informal actors (engaged in the production of peasant seeds).

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24 Jan, 2022 No Comments

Week 38 – Research Paper: Moving beyond reaching women in seed systems development

Author: Ranjitha Puskur, Netsayi Noris Mudege, Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Eileen Nchanji, Ronnie Vernooy, Alessandra Galiè, and Dina Najjar, University of Life Sciences & International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), 2019
Topics: gender; seed systems; women

Seed systems interventions often reach women, & some benefit them, but more can be done. Boosting women’s involvement & leadership in seed systems = next step for empowerment.READ MORE