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ISSD Seed Entrepreneurship Assessment Briefing Notes

In September of 2012, the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) programme in Africa published briefing notes assessing the seed sectors in eight countries, aimed at informing policy-makers and practitioners on the realities of farmers, with the intention of influencing seed policies and programmes in becoming more coherent with the practices of farmers, and thereby more effective in addressing the diverse range of demands among seed consumers.

Guided by the assessments of national seed sectors, experts from across all ISSD Africa countries were involved in the design of an approach to assess seed entrepreneurship in different clusters of seed systems, namely: the informal, intermediary and formal systems. In each cluster, two indicator crops were selected for identifying value chains through which opportunities for entrepreneurship emerge. An assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relevant to the different forms of entrepreneurship is then carried out; and finally, projects and programmes aimed at promoting and/or strengthening seed entrepreneurship are evaluated according to the specific requirements of those entrepreneurs identified.