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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22 Sep 2022
©CGIAR

Week 70 – Case study: Seed sector in Burkina Faso: Recommendations for a better integration of producers

Authors: Djamen, P.; Outtara, S., Bioversity International; Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC), 2017
Keywords: pluralistic systems, smallholders, Burkina Faso

This report presents the results of an analysis of the seed sector in Burkina Faso focusing on the issues that affect smallholder farmers’ abilities to participate in such sector and benefit from it.READ MORE

15 Sep 2022
©ResearchGate

Week 69 – Research paper: Determinants of Adoption and Continuous Use of Improved Maize Seeds in Burkina Faso

Authors: Bakary Sanou, Kimseyinga Savadogo and Takeshi Sakurai, Japanese Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2017
Keywords: improved maize seeds, adoption rates, Burkina Faso

This study aims to identify socio-economic and institutional factors that promote the adoption and continuous use of improved seeds in maize production in Burkina Faso.READ MORE

01 Sep 2022
© Elsevier

Week 67 – Decentralized Seed Services in Africa: An Assessment of Tanzania and Uganda

Authors: Michael Waithaka (TASAI); Mainza Mugoya; Edward Mabaya; Krisztina Tihanyi; ZEF Working Paper Series, Working Paper 206, 2021
Topics: community seed banks; seed enterprises; Quality Declared Seed

The overall goal of decentralizing seed services is to increase the availability and accessibility of quality seed to farmers. The governments of Uganda and Tanzania have endeavoured to enhance access to improved seed for smallholder farmers.READ MORE

16 Aug 2022

Week 65 – Case Study: Identifying Options for the Development of Sustainable Seed Systems – Insights from Kenya and Mali

Author: Christinck, Anja; Rattunde, Fred; Kergna, Alpha; Mulinge, Wellington; Weltzien, Eva
Topics: quality seeds; sustainability; Kenya; Mali

This paper results from a study that was commissioned to contribute to the Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI).

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10 Aug 2022

Week 64 – Case Study: Centre for the Production of Improved Seed (CEPROSEM)

Author: Tanguy Smoes, Global Growing Casebook, EU, 2012
Topics: quality seeds; institutional strengthening; Democratic Republic of Congo

The Congolese Centre for Culture, Education and Development CECFOR, a NGO operating education and health care facilities, recognised these limitations but also the potential of the agricultural sector for development in the region.

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03 Aug 2022

Week 63 – Online presentation: Revitalization of Farmer Managed Seed Systems in Tanzania

Author: Ayesiga Buberwa (Iles de la Paix) at the ECHO East Africa Symposium, 28-30 Sep 21
Topics: biodiversity; farmers’ seed systems; utilization; Tanzania

This presentation has been held on the 30th of September at the 6th ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Technologies.

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27 Jul 2022

Week 62 – Briefing paper: The future of food: seeds for resilience

Author: Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Topics: biodiversity; farmers’ seed systems; conservation

In order to understand the landscape of initiatives working to advance seed diversity globally, the Global Alliance commissioned a Compendium of Perspectives to illustrate a nuanced discussion on agricultural biodiversity, at times aligned and at times divergent.

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20 Jul 2022

Week 61 – Briefing paper: Changing the discourse, policy and practice in farmer seed systems in Africa

Author: African Centre for Biodiversity
Topics: biodiversity; farmers’ rights; farmers’ seed systems; resilience

Farmers’ seed constitutes the majority of seed used and exchanged. Crops produced from this seed contribute substantially to food and nutrition security for billions of people. However, these seeds receive scant recognition, and there is limited support for their reproduction, adaptation and use by farmers, for farmers.READ MORE