The harvest is in the seed
International Potato Center (CIP)
04 May, 2022 No Comments

Week 51: YouTube Channel – International Potato Center (CIP)

Authors: International Potato Center (CIP)
Topics: seed system development; smallholder farmers

The International Potato Center (CIP) was founded in 1971 as a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato and andean roots and tubers. It delivers innovative science-based solutions to enhance access to affordable nutritious food, foster inclusive sustainable business and employment growth, and drive the climate resilience of root and tuber agri-food systems. Headquartered in Lima, Peru, CIP has a research presence in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.READ MORE

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27 Apr, 2022 No Comments

Week 50: Research study: Impact of seed system interventions on food and nutrition security in low- and middle-income countries

Authors: Deborah Nabuuma; Christine Reimersa; Ky The Hoang; TjeerdJan Stomph; Kees Swaans; Jessica E. Raneri; Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT; Institute for Food and Health, Technical University Munich; Centre for Crop Systems Analysis, Wageningen University; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia; Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health, Ghent University
Topics: seed system development; smallholder farmers; nutrition; gender

The role of seed systems in nutrition of smallholder farmers has received little attention. READ MORE

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19 Apr, 2022 No Comments

Week 49 – Research Project: The Seed Systems Development programme

Authors: The Dutch Research Council (NWO), CGIAR
Topics: seed system development; Africa

The Seed Systems Development programme is one of four instruments in the Netherlands (NL) – CGIAR research programme. The aim of the call for proposals ‘Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials’ was to generate insights that contribute to improving seed systems (including both plant and animal seed stock) in Asia and sub-Sahara Africa.

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30 Mar, 2022 No Comments

Week 46 – Workplan: FeedTheFuture FY22 Annual work plan

Author: USAID & CRS, 2021
Topics: seed systems; capacity development; inclusion

The Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development activity (S34D) is a five year Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award, funded by Feed the Future through the Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and by USAID through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). READ MORE

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22 Mar, 2022 No Comments

Week 45 – Research Findings: FTA Highlight No. 2 – Tree Seed and Seedling Systems for Resilience and Productivity

Author: Lars Graudal, CIFOR, 2022
Topics: seed system development; tree seeds; forests

Tree seeds and seedlings for planting purposes are the starting point from which farmers, foresters and others are able to grow trees. They are produced and made available through “seed systems”. These seed systems have been a major topic of work by FTA in the last decade because of the constraints faced by actors on the ground in obtaining tree-planting material corresponding to their needs and of good quality. (…)READ MORE

10 Feb, 2022 No Comments

Week 41 – Global Study: Using Regulatory Flexibility to Address Market Informality in Seed Systems: A Global Study

Author: Catholic Relief Services, 2020
Topics: seed systems; regulations; seed policies; integrated development

This paper addresses a gap in current literature regarding the role of law and regulation in linking the informal and formal seed sectors and creating more inclusive and better governed seed systems. Drawing upon insights from literature, global case studies, key expert consultations, and a methodology on the design and implementation of law and regulation, we present a framework that evaluates how regulatory flexibility can be built into seed systems to address farmers’ needs and engage market stakeholders of all sizes. READ MORE

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03 Feb, 2022 No Comments

Week 40 – Activity overview: Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development (S34D)

Author: Catholic Relief Services, 2021
Topics: seed systems; resilience; emergency; SSA; integrated development

The Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development activity (S34D) is a five-year Leader with Associates (LWA) award, funded by Feed the Future through the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and by USAID through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).READ MORE

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06 Apr, 2021 No Comments

Week 24 – Toolkit: Supporting smallholder seed systems

Author: International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Wafaa El Khoury, Robert Delve, 2018
Topics: farmers seed systems, seed sector development, capacity building

In most smallholder farming systems farmers save seed from the previous harvest to plant in the next season. They select seed from the best plants and then dry, clean and store the seed in a safe place. These traditional seed-saving practices and farmers’ sharing of seed are called the informal seed system, or the farmer/community-based seed system. They also add to their crop diversity with seed they obtain from social networks or purchase in local markets, from agro-dealers or seed companies.

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