Access to Early Generation Seed Production (EGS)

ISSD Africa Technical Note: Promoting commercial and sustainable supply of EGS for food crops in Sub-Saharan Africa

ISSD Guiding Principles

In working with the ISSD approach, we recognize a number of guiding principles

ISSD Approach

ISSD recognizes the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement

Integrated Seed Sector Development

ISSD aims to strengthen different seed systems in a country; supporting the development of a vibrant, pluralistic, and market-oriented seed sector. By cultivating an enabling environment for innovation and the coexistence of different seed systems, a wider range of farmers and seed entrepreneurs will benefit. An increased access to quality seed will support food and nutrition security and economic development.



Guiding principles

1. Foster pluralism and build programs on 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