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ISSD Africa

Willem Heemskerk)

The goal of ISSD Africa Programme is to support the development of a market-oriented, pluralistic, vibrant and dynamic seed sector in Africa for providing both female and male smallholder farmers access to quality seed of superior varieties.

The Programme uses the ISSD approach, which has been endorsed by the African Union Commission as contributing to the implementation of the African Seed and Biotechnology Programme (ASBP) and the seed agenda of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The two-year Pilot Phase of ISSD Africa will experiment with and explore ways to address four themes defined by complex challenges that hamper seed sector development at local or national levels, but by their specific nature need to be tackled at the continental level. 

Each of these themes is addressed by a dedicated Thematic Working Group (TWG): 

  1. Common challenges to promoting entrepreneurship in seed value chain
  2. Access to varieties in the public domain
  3. Matching global commitments with national realities
  4. Supporting the AUC CAADP, ASBP and seed sector development

The ISSD Africa programme will complement and reinforce the work of national and regional seed programmes and will analyse and document lessons from a diversity of intervention strategies and innovative approaches to feed into seed policy and programming at all levels.


The Pilot Phase of ISSD Africa is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands,

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