The harvest is in the seed

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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12 Apr 2023

Week 95 – Guidelines: Early Generation Seeds Investment Plan Guide

Authors: USAID, AfricaLead, 2016
Keywords: guidance; quality seeds; early generation seeds

This EGS Investment Plan Guide document was developed as a resource to provide practical assistance to in-country stakeholders who want to present a case, and provide specific language and budget proposals, for greater government funding of those EGS functions that are likely to be funded only by the public sector. In Africa, the vehicle to make that case and seek that funding at the country level is through the five-year Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program/African Union (CAADP/AU) sanctioned NAFSIP, as well as a new instrument under development, the CAAPD country spending plan. The purpose of this guide is to assist stakeholders make a case for, and provide specific documentation and elements for inclusion in, a NAFSIP line item or component to support appropriate public-sector EGS functions.


04 Apr 2023
© CDI Wageningen, ISSD Africa

Week 94 – Guidelines: Business models for early generation seed production and marketing

Authors: Hellen Opie, Essegbemon Akpo, Haile Desmae, Patrick Okori, Jane Ininda, Chris O. Ojiewo, 2022
Keywords: integrated development; guidance; quality seeds; early generation seeds

Sustainable access to early generation seed (EGS) is important for efficient supply of quality certified, standard and/or quality declared seed of improved high-performing crop varieties. Some studies have been conducted from a global perspective on the delivery of EGS with a major focus on the economic analysis and identification of effective pathways for sustainable supply.READ MORE

28 Mar 2023
© CDI Wageningen, NFP, SeedNL

Week 93 – Guidelines: Guide for designing a national seed road map

Authors: De Boef, W.S. & M.H. Thijssen; 2023
Keywords: sustainable development; guidance; seed production

This guide brings together and structures diverse methods and tools for implementing a seed sector assessment (SSA) and designing a national seed road map (NSRM). A seed sector assessment (SSA) provides the answer to the primary seed sector performance question: Where are we now? A national seed road map (NSRM) addresses two additional questions: Where do we want to go, and how will we get there?READ MORE

21 Mar 2023
© CDI Wageningen, KIT, IFDC

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