Author: CIMMYT
Topics: seed entreprises; private sector; Africa; agricultural processing

The last decade has seen strong growth in the number of new seed companies emerging in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

If these thrive, they will contribute significantly to the economic growth of countries, regions and farmers. The use of seed of improved varieties is the very essence of progress in agricultural productivity. It is a major catalyst for investment in organic and inorganic fertilizers, sustaining farming practices and providing greater returns to farmers. However, less than half of farmers in low-income countries have access to high-yielding maize seeds and even fewer to other crops. Emerging seed companies explore new markets, offer seeds of more varieties and crop types, educate and train farmers: their success is critical to the success of the agricultural economy. (…)

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