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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.

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.

ISSD Africa National Seminar, Ethiopia

The Ethiopian National Seminar is one of ten national seminars organised to discuss findings from 2 years of ISSD Africa action research, as well as identify future areas of focus on a national and continental level. The seminar took place on March 26th, 2016 at the Beshale Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Promoting Commercial and Sustainable Production of Early Generation Seed

Convening Report: Multiple Pathways for Promoting the Commercial and Sustainable Production and Delivery of Early Generation Seed for Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa

General Introduction to Integrated Seed Sector Development

Integrated Seed Sector Development strives for the development of vibrant, market-oriented and pluralistic seed sectors for enhancing farmers’ access to quality seed of superior varieties, thereby contributing to food security and economic development.

Outline of the Piloting Phase for a Comprehensive Program on Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa 2014-2016

The Piloting phase of ISSD Africa works on the establishment of an African-embedded structure and network of experts, seed programs and associated organizations in the public and private sectors. The aim is to work on complex challenges that are of strategic importance to the development of a market-oriented, pluralistic, vibrant and dynamic seed sector in Africa.

Understanding and strengthening informal seed markets

This paper documents the importance of informal markets for supplying seed and restocking critical plant genetic resources in normal and stress periods.

Integrating Genetic Resource Conservation and Sustainable Development into Strategies to Increase the Robustness of Seed Systems

This article introduces a framework for analysing seed supply strategies by considering principles of agrobiodiversity conservation, formal and informal seed systems, market and service orientation, and the strengthening of local institutions.

Linking Participatory Plant Breeding to the Seed Supply System

The purpose of this paper is to examine the technical, regulatory, and policy aspects of how participatory breeding approaches relate to both the  formal and informal sectors.

The role of informal farmer-to-farmer seed distribution in diffusion of new barley varieties in Syria

This study examines the role, structure and effectiveness of informal seed systems in the diffusion of new barley varieties.