The harvest is in the seed
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13 Apr, 2022 No Comments

Week 48 – Working Paper: Decentralized Seed Services in Africa: An Assessment of Tanzania and Uganda

Authors: Christian Borgemeister, Joachim von Braun, Manfred Denich, Till Stellmacher and Eva Youkhana (Eds), 2021
Topics: seed system development; Tanzania; Uganda; integrated seed systems

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. These efforts have achieved results and encountered challenges.READ MORE

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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

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22 Apr, 2021 No Comments

Week 26 – Guidelines: Emergency Seed Interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Author: Food Security Cluster, 2020
Subjects: emergency, seed systems, Covid-19

Emergency seed interventions may already be planned or ongoing in many areas (e.g. to respond to drought, pest infestation, displacement, or other stresses). COVID-19 and its associated restrictions on travel, trade and markets may also constrain farmers’ seed security, as well as the ways in which aid agencies are able to operate.

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14 Mar, 2021 No Comments

Week 21 – Policy Brief: White Paper on the COVID-19 Crisis and the Seed Sector in Africa: Impact, Options for Actions and Recommendations

Author: African Union, 2020
Topics: Access to seeds, COVID-19, African Union, Dialogue, Seed Sector, Africa

Last year over the course of one month, the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission engaged with non-state actors, academia, the private sector, research and development seed sector stakeholders including the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA), The African Seed Access Index (TASAI) as well as Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI).

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12 Jan, 2021 No Comments

Week 14 – Policy Brief: Gender dynamics in seed systems development

Authors: Kramer, Berber and Galiè, Alessandra; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Topics: seed sector, gender, smallholder farmers, research

All agricultural production – whether of crops, trees, forages, livestock, or fish – starts with seeds, making seed security vital to food security. Seed security means that producers – smallholder farmers especially –

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08 Jan, 2021 No Comments

Week 13 – Publication: Enhancing Smallholder Farmers’ Access to Seed of Improved Legume Varieties Through Multi-stakeholder Platforms

Authors: Akpo, E., Ojiewo, C.O., Kapran, I., Omoigui, L.O., Diama, A., Varshney, R.K. (Eds.), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Topics: seed sector, Legumes, Africa, smallholder farmers, partnership

This book shares the experiences of Tropical Legumes III (TLIII) project led by ICRISAT in facilitating access to seed of improved legume varieties to smallholder farmers through innovation platforms. It highlights practices and guiding principles implemented in eight countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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04 Jan, 2021 No Comments

Week 12 – Publication: Globalisation and Seed Sovereignty in sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Clare O’Grady Walshe, International Political Economy Series, Springer Nature Switzerland
Topics: seed sector, food sovereignty, Africa, globalisation

This book is an important milestone for the sector. It studies the relationship between globalisation and seed sovereignty and what this means for sub-Saharan Africa. It identifies the interests and motivations of the different actors in the seed space and points to ways in which national and local actors can help to ensure the exercise of seed sovereignty in the future.

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10 Dec, 2020 No Comments

Week 11 – Research results: Gender and promoting quality seeds in Africa: A literature review

Author: ISSD, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) & Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Topics: seed sector, research, innovation, gender

Advances in plant breeding and biotechnology have the potential to transform agriculture in Africa, but sustainable and inclusive distribution and marketing of quality seeds remains a significant challenge.

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