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.
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 Uganda National Seminar was held in Kampala on the 23rd of March, 2016. The seminar brought together key stakeholders from the Ugandan seed industry. The seminar was organised by Bioversity International.
The objectives of these seminars were:
The seed sector in Kenya is often faced with the challenge off fake seeds. Smallholder farmers in Kenya cannot access quality seed of superior varieties hence low agricultural productivity. A well-functioning seed sector should therefore exploit all seed systems. These remarks were made by Dr Mary Mathenge the Director of Tegemeo Institute at the ISSD Africa Kenya National Seminar held on 24th March, 2016 at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
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.
At the ISSDAfrica National Seminar held on 9th February 2016 in Lusaka bringing together more than 40 seed industry stakeholders, a number of key challenges to seed delivery in Zambia were deliberated. Addressing the participants, Ms. Mable Simwanza, the Director of SCCI, observed that even though Zambia is a net seed exporter, producing 80,000 MT of seed annually, it still faced key challenges in the access to legume seeds and varieties, adding that most seed is “recycled”.
The purpose of this meeting was to give key stakeholders the opportunity to explore the issues and uncertainties surrounding PVP in Africa, learn from each other and share views in an informal setting.
The paper details local seed businesses (LSBs) in Uganda and their effort to create a vibrant, pluralistic, and market oriented seed sector in Uganda.
Integrated Seed Sector Development in Ethiopia: Local Seed Business Development as an Entrepreneurial Model for Community Based Seed Production in Ethiopia
This paper aims to share the opportunities and challenges to LSB development in Ethiopia and realizing the demands of farmers within a specific market niche where socio-economic and institutional factors responsible for opportunities and challenges are discussed.