Authors: Pepijn Schreinemachers, Julie Howard, Michael Turner, Simon N. Groot, Bhupen Dubey, Learnmore Mwadzingeni, Takemore Chagomoka, Michael Ngugi, Victor Afari-Sefa, Peter Hanson & Marco C. S. Wopereis
Keywords: vegetables; seed policies; Africa

“Fostering better access to more nutritious foods across sub-Saharan Africa will be critical to ending hunger and malnutrition. In Asia, vegetable production and consumption have grown rapidly since the 1990s and the development of a dynamic vegetable seed industry, led by the private sector, played a pivotal role in this process. The availability of locally-bred and adapted varieties facilitated the rapid expansion of production and increased the supply of affordable vegetables to consumers. In contrast, the vegetable seed sector in sub-Saharan Africa has been slow to develop and has received little attention in the development agenda. Drawing from Asia’s experience, this paper outlines a four-point strategy to accelerate the vegetable seed sector in sub-Saharan Africa. […]

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