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Enhancing reliable access to quality seed in Africa


Titre : Enhancing reliable access to quality seed in Africa

A new Africa-wide programme aims to support the development of a vibrant, market oriented and pluralistic seed sector in Africa.

Pays /Région : Afrique

Début du projet : Sep 1, 2014
Fin du projet : Aug 31, 2016

Access to quality seed remains a great challenge for smallholder farmers across Africa. This affects their agricultural productivity, income and resilience. Addressing this challenge is a complex task and cannot be done at national levels alone.
The Comprehensive Programme on Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa (ISSD Africa) aims to enhance reliable access of smallholder farmers to sufficient quantities of quality seed of superior varieties at the right time and at an affordable price.

Four priority themes have been identified : Promoting entrepreneurship in the seed value chain Access to varieties in the public domain Matching global commitments with national realities Supporting African Union programmes and seed sector development
Addressing these themes will be done through action research, innovation trajectories, policy dialogues, capacity strengthening, and joint learning in eight to ten pilot countries.

The design of ISSD Africa is inspired by the ISSD Guiding Principles on seed programs and policies. 1.Foster pluralism and build programs upon a diversity of seed systems 2.Work according to the structure of the seed value chain 3.Promote entrepreneurship and market orientation 4.Recognize the relevance of informal seed systems 5.Facilitate interactions between informal and formal seed systems 6.Recognize complementary roles of the public and private sector 7.Support enabling and evolving policies for a dynamic sector 8.Promote evidence based seed sector innovation

Client (s) : Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs

Partenaires : Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation

Wageningen UR

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