Good seeds can help farmers get better harvest, achieve higher food security and crop diversity. At the same time trading with seeds gives a lot of power to large seed companies. Vice Versa delved into the world of seeds and made this special edition forcused on the question: how do small-scale farmers from Africa and Asia come upon good quality seeds, and what problems do they face in the process.
The seedsystem.org website is dedicated to strengthening smallholder farmers’ seed systems.
Communiqué on Promoting the Commercial and Sustainable Supply of Early Generation Seed of Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa
African organizations and development partners* committed to working together to develop country-level solutions to expand the quality, timeliness and quantity of early generation seed (EGS) sought the participation of key stakeholders at the convening “Promoting the Commercial and Sustainable Supply of Early Generation Seed of Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Expert Meeting on the Impact of Seed Laws on Smallholder Farming Systems in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
The Expert Meeting on the Impact of Seed Laws on Smallholder Farming Systems in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities was organized under the auspices of the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Program, in collaboration with partners. The meeting took place in Cape Town, 16-17 March 2016.
This technical note shares insights from different activities aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the bottleneck of EGS in seed value chains of food crops in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In this paper, Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) describes its guiding principles, and provide examples of how it works with the system of local seed business (LSB) in regards to ISSD Ethiopia and ISSD Uganda.
Measuring Seed Sector Performance in Africa; Seeking synergies, matching supply and demand for information
Under the sponsorship of ISSD Africa Programme as coordinated by Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen UR), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationaler Zusammenarbeit (GiZ), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and African Union Commission, and co-implemented by AfricaSeeds and ISSD Africa, the international expert consultation: “Measuring Seed Sector Performance in Africa; Seeking synergies, matching supply and demand for information” took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 25 to 26 October 2016.
The ISSD Africa National Seminar for Ghana was held in Winneba on August 30th, 2016. Present were 20 national seed sector stakeholders, as well as international experts.
As part of the ISSD Africa Synthesis Conference (Nairobi, September 2016), conference participants were invited to submit their favourite photograph related to their "Seed Story".
3 winners were picked, each receiving some 'sweet Dutch delights', with the overall winner also receiving a photo book, "Seeing Seeds",
The conference organisers would again like to thank the entrants for their contributions to what was a very enjoyable moment during the conference!
During the ISSD Africa Synthesis Conference in Nairobi, September 2016, ISSD Africa Country Focal Points (CFPs) presented the activities completed in each of their ten countries over the two years of the piloting phase.