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Tanzania Seed Sector Assessment

Participatory National Seed Sector Assessment for the Development of an ISSD Programme in Tanzania

Drawing from experiences elsewhere and to add value to its own interventions in the Tanzania seed sector and agricultural development at large, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) engaged the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) to explore the possibility of investing to improve the seed sector performance through an integrated seed sector development (ISSD) programme.

In this assignment, ASARECA is partnering with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) from Netherlands and is also collaborating with the BMGF local advisors in Tanzania to facilitate a participatory multi-stakeholder national seed sector assessment as well as to verify and validate the potential for an ISSD programme.

This report provides a synthesis of the main findings, proposals on opportunities for intervention through an ISSD Tanzania programme and recommendation on an institutional implementation framework for such a programme. The work was carried out between October 2013 and March 2014.