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Integrated seed sector development in Ethiopia (ISSD Ethiopia


Integrated seed sector development in Ethiopia (ISSD Ethiopia)

Together with international partners, CDI supports the development of an integrated seed sector by working with farmer cooperatives, addressing issues of policy and stimulating an environment of cooperation and entrepreneurship

Pays /Région : Ethiopie

Début du projet : Dec 1, 2011

Fin du projet : Dec 31, 2015


ISSD proposes to build upon the strengths of informal (i.e. farmers and community-based) and formal (i.e. public and private) seed systems. Instead of a linear approach, it aims to enhance pluralism by matching food and seed security to private sector development. ISSD guides specific interventions in identified seed systems. ISSD also considers a range of seed entrepreneurs among the different seed systems. Seed entrepreneurs differ by the crops and varieties they address ; the assurance for seed quality they provide ; the markets they target ; and the legal, financial and institutional environment in which they operate. The programme supports local seed businesses, strengthens regional and national seed companies, and develops links with international seed companies.

In phase I of the programme, 34 farmers’ groups were successfully supported in their production of quality seed of both local and improved varieties, with the focus on crops with high local seed demand. The majority are legally recognized as seed producer cooperatives and have implemented business plans for the development of sustainable and autonomous quality seed production and marketing. In partnership with strategic programmes and partners, such as NGOs, public research entities, universities and public seed enterprises, phase II aims to increase the number of these local seed businesses to 340, in both high and low potential areas.

Through regional multi-stakeholder platforms and public-private partnerships, the programme works on solving institutional and policy issues that hamper the development of an integrated seed sector. Key to the innovation process is the involvement of universities as knowledge intensive institutions. Universities generate the evidence base for system interventions and, as independent stakeholders in the seed sector ; universities are well positioned to facilitate the learning process for innovation. Over the past few years, 12 MSc graduates have conducted their research in topics relevant to local seed business. ISSD II aims to share experiences and stimulate learning through literature, audio-visual media and face-to-face.

Client (s) : Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS)

Partenaires : Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Other parties involved : Bahir Dar University, Haramaya University, Hawassa University, Mekelle University, Oromia Seed Enterprise and the Ethiopian Seed Growers

Lien vers la présentation du projet sur le site Wageningen UR

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