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A Differentiated Approach to Plant Variety Protection in Africa

Authors: Bram De Jonge & Peter Munyi 

Several African countries and regional organisations are investing in the establishment of a plant variety protection system modelled on the UPOV 1991 Convention, which currently provides the strongest, international standard for plant variety protection.

High Level Round-Table Meeting on Plant Variety Protection in Africa 27 – 28th November 2014

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.

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.

The African Seed Business Toolbox

This Toolbox is an easy-to-use resource that takes a straightforward business approach.

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.

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.