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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.

African Seed and Biotechnology Programme

This report covers the programme of the African Seed and Biotechnology Programme to address food security.

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.

Can Cultivars from Participatory Plant Breeding Improve Seed Provision to Small-scale Farmers?

This paper discusses how well-adapted cultivars developed through participatory plant breeding (PPB) initiatives create new opportunities for production and distribution of quality seed.

ISSD in Africa: A Basis for Seed Policy and Law

This paper complements  the paper ISSD in Africa A Conceptual Framework for Creating Coherence between Practices, Programmes, and Policies.