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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.

A solution to the controversy on plant variety protection in Africa

African countries are fast-tracking the protection of plant varieties by embracing the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).

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.

Moving Towards More Effective Seed Aid

Seed aid is increasingly applied as an emergency response throughout Africa. This article describes its rise, its goals and the seed security principles which should shape it.

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.

From Experience: the Invisible Success Factors in Product Innovation

The article outlines the reasons why so many companies and senior managements have failed to heed the messages and continue to repeat the same mistakes as their predecessors. 

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.  

Seed Provision and Agricultural Development

This book examines seed management in traditional farming systems, reviews the history of formal plant breeding and the origins of seed trade, and examines the roles of the public and private sectors in the contemporary seed systems of industrialized and developing countries.