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.

Peer-reviewed literature on alternative approaches for promoting improved varieties and quality seeds in Africa is analysed in this document, focusing on how adoption and use can be enhanced for women and men alike.

The study analyses a range of innovative models on both the public and private sector. However, many of these approaches are not tested with a gender lens. In fact, many innovations potentially are widening the gender gap instead of closing it.

There is an urgent need to start testing, measuring and documenting both the sustainability and inclusiveness of alternative innovations to promote the use of quality seeds.

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