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ISSD Africa: Burundi National Seminar

The National Seminar was organized in Bujumbura on March 1st, 2016 by the Burundi National Seed Committee. The seminar was opened by Mr Alexis Ntamavukiro, IFDC Country Representative. Thirty five participants representing public and private stakeholders in the seed sector as well as representatives of donor organizations attended the seminar. 

The seminar was one of 10 organized by ISSD Africa in countries where Action Learning Projects have been implemented over the last 2 years. One of the main objectives of these seminars was to present findings of the action learning projects across the continent to seed sector stakeholders and policy makers and to see how these could be integrated into national agendas. 

During the one-day seminar, participants followed presentations on 3 topics. The first topic was related to the context that resulted in the launching of the ISSD Burundi project. The second one was about lessons learnt from other projects on entrepreneurship. Both of these presentations were made by Alexis Ntamavukirowho is also the ISSD Burundi Chief of Party. The third presentation dealt with lessons learned from other activities on access to varieties in the public domain. It was led by Peter Gildemacher from KIT, the Netherlands.

In the workshop, participants had the opportunity to share knowledgeon several topics such as

  • Quality control and certification mechanisms for different crops in different seed systems        
  • Access to finance for seed production
  • How to make a viable seed business with a low profit margin?
  • How new available varieties can be supplied?
  • How to institutionalize the pre order system of first and second generation seeds?

Following discussions, participants agreed on some priorities that should be key points of attention not only for Burundi but also for a next phase of the ISSD Africa project.

  • Facilitate the grant of agricultural inputs.
  • Strengthen seed internal control capacities.
  • Develop participatory action researches to improve the availability of quality seeds.
  • Harmonize seed laws and regulations.
  • Harmonize national approaches to sub regional, regional or continental regulations and      laws.

Alexis Ntamavukiro and Jean Pierre ISSD Africa, Burundi

You can read the report of this seminar on the right of this page.