The harvest is in the seed

Week 8 – Guidelines: ICRISAT models and lessons learnt on seed systems

Author: International Crop Research Institute for the Arid Tropics
Topics: seed sector, governance, research

ICRISAT aims at building, with partners across crop value chains, inclusive and sustainable seed systems that provide dryland small farmers with sufficient quantity of high quality seeds, at the right time and right place, at reasonable costs.
In this webpage, you will find useful models and lessons learnt on the seed dilemma: How to reach smallholder farmers. Available in English.READ MORE

30 Sep, 2020 No Comments

Week 7 – Document Repository: publications of the Access to Seeds Index

Author: Access to Seeds Index Initiative
Topics: seed enterprises, performance, seed sector, private sector

Part of the World Benchmarking Alliance, the Access to Seeds Index evaluates and compares seed companies according to their efforts to improve access to quality seeds of improved varieties for smallholder farmers. The Index seeks primarily to identify leadership and good practices, providing an evidence base for the discussion on where and how the seed industry can step up its efforts.

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25 Sep, 2020 No Comments

The Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire and AfricaSeeds organize a high-level meeting on seeds to address the challenges of the sector

On the 11th and 12th of August, 2020 in Abidjan, African seed experts have met upon invitation of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and AfricaSeeds to propose concrete solutions aimed at countering the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Ivorian seed sector and to facilitate farmers’ access to quality seed.

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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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