The harvest is in the seed

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Week 123 – Working Paper: Impact of the Ongoing Conflict on Smallholder Farmers in Sudan

Authors: by Oliver Kirui, Khalid Siddig, Mosab Ahmed, Hala Abushama, and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse Keywords: Sudan, conflict, smallholders, seed delivery “This study addresses the impact of the ongoing conflict in Sudan on smallholder farmers’ intentions and challenges during the 2023 summer agricultural season. A nationally representative survey of 3,284 smallholder farmers was conducted. Due to […]

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Week 122 – Discussion Paper: The role of gender in bargaining: Evidence for selling seed to smallholders in Uganda

Authors: Van Campenhout, Bjorn; Nabwire, Leocardia Keywords: gender; seed policies; marketing; Uganda “In rural societies with strong gender norms and customs, small informal agribusinesses may often be one of the few ways in which women can independently generate revenue. However, previous research has indicated that female run business may be perceived less favorably compared to […]

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Week 121 – Discussion Paper: Seed Certification and Maize, Rice and Cowpea Productivity in Nigeria

Authors: Hiroyuki Takeshima; Tahirou Abdoulaye; Kwaw S. Andam; Hyacinth O. Edeh; Adetunji Fasoranti; Beliyou Haile; P. Lava Kumar; Chibuzo Nwagboso; Catherine Ragasa; David Spielman; Tesfamichael Wossen Keywords: seed policies; quality seeds; quality assurance; Nigeria “Despite the potential importance of seed quality to agricultural productivity growth, many governments in sub-Saharan Africa lack the capacity to expand […]

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Week 120 – Research Article: Gender dynamics in seed systems: Female makeover or male takeover of specialized sweetpotato seed production, in Lake Zone Tanzania?

Authors: McEwan, Margaret A.; Matui, Moses S.; Mayanja, Sam, Namanda; Ogero, Kwame Keywords: gender; seed policies; quality seeds; sweetpotato “Interest is growing for the development of inclusive seed production models. However, there is limited understanding of gender-based roles and constraints and how these might influence gender relations in seed production. Through a case study on […]

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Week 119 – Workshop Proceedings: Gender Dynamics in Seed Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and Worldwide Lessons Workshop

Authors: Adam, R. I. and Muindi, P. Keywords: gender; seed policies; quality seeds “Seed is life. Seed systems are complex and multilayered, involving diverse interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral actors in multiple fronts, from seed conservation to multiplication; improved breeding; regulatory sanitary and phytosanitary measures (for safety and quality assurance); and distribution and sale. Seed systems are […]

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Week 118 – Research article: Estimating seed demand in the presence of market frictions: evidence from an auction experiment in Nigeria

Authors: By T. Wossen, D.J. Spielman, A. Alene and T. Abdoulaye Keywords: auctions; Nigeria; markets “This paper measures the effect of seed quality misperceptions on bidding behavior and demand for high-quality seed using an information-provision experiment within an incentive-compatible Vickery Second Price (SPA) auction mechanism that mimics seed purchasing decisions in the presence of seed […]

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Week 117 – Data set: Making Seed Systems and Markets for Vegetatively Propagated Crops (VPCs) Work for the Poor: A Cross-Country Study of Kenya, Nigeria, and Vietnam

Authors: IFPRI, CIAT, CIP, IITA, MSU Keywords: vegetative propagation; Kenya; Nigeria; markets “Many developing-country farmers cultivating vegetatively propagated crops (VPCs)—crops such as cassava, potato, sweetpotato, and yam—face constrained access to quality planting material. This challenge is distinct from the challenges facing cereal crops, and is associated with both the unique biological and economic nature of […]

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Week 116 – Conference Paper: Summing the parts: How does “bundling” affect willingness-to-pay for seeds and insurance in a sample of Kenyan farmers?

Authors: IFPRI, Berber Kramer, Carol Waweru and Jonathan G. Malacarne Keywords: market; seed policies; institutional building; Kenya “Agricultural households, particularly those operating in rainfed systems in low income countries, are vulnerable to a variety of climate and market risks that pose serious threats to their well-being. While more resourced households are able to pass much […]

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Week 115 – Litterature Review: Gender dynamics in seed systems: an integrative review of seed promotion interventions in Africa

Authors: Berber Kramer & Carly Trachtman, Springer Nature Keywords: gender; seed policies; quality seeds “Gender gaps in adoption of high-quality seeds of improved varieties persist in Sub-Saharan Africa, despite the implementation of various seed promotion interventions aimed at increasing adoption among all farmers. This paper reviews existing literature on common seed promotion interventions in Sub-Saharan […]

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Week 114 – Discussion Paper: Mapping the design and implementation of seed sector regulation: The case of Uganda

Authors: IFPRI, Katrin Kuhlmann, Adron Naggayi Nalinya, Tara Francis and David J. Spielman, 2023 Keywords: Seed policy, regulation, enabling environment An enabling environment with clear, inclusive, and transparent seed laws, policies, regulations, and guidelines is the foundation for an efficient and effective seed sector. If well designed and implemented, the legal and regulatory framework can […]

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