Food Security

Vice Versa Special Issue on Seeds

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Good seeds can help farmers get better harvest, achieve higher food security and crop diversity. At the same time trading with seeds gives a lot of power to large seed companies. Vice Versa delved into the world of seeds and made this special edition forcused on the question: how do small-scale farmers from Africa and Asia come upon good quality seeds, and what problems do they face in the process.

Moving Towards More Effective Seed Aid

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

African Seed and Biotechnology Programme

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

Local Seed Businesses in Uganda: A Market-oriented Approach towards Community Seed Production

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The paper details local seed businesses (LSBs) in Uganda and their effort to create a vibrant, pluralistic, and market oriented seed sector in Uganda.

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

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

Network Analysis of Barley Seed Flows in Tigray, Ethiopia: Supporting the Design of Strategies that Contribute to On-Farm Management of Plant Genetic Resources

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The paper covers the dissemination of barley seed, and on farm management of plant genetic resources in Tigray.

Towards Effective and Sustainable Seed Relief Activities

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This report contains the results of a workshop, on effective and sustainable seed relief activities.