Formal Seed Systems

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.

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.

Linking Participatory Plant Breeding to the Seed Supply System

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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.

Collaboration of Farmers and Breeders: Participatory Crop Improvement in Perspective

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Participatory Crop Improvement (PCI) has developed over the past decade as an alternative and complementary breeding approach to Formal Crop Improvement (FCI).

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.

Integrated Seed Sector Development in Ethiopia: Local Seed Business Development as an Entrepreneurial Model for Community Based Seed Production in Ethiopia

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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.

Tanzania Seed Sector Assessment

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Participatory National Seed Sector Assessment for the Development of an ISSD Programme in Tanzania

Concept Note: ISSD in the Zambezi Valley, Mozambique

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This concept note explores a tentative six-year ISSD Central Mozambique Programme, in which ISSD partners focus on seed sector development in the agricultural growth corridor of the Zambezi Valley.

The Seed Sector in Developing Countries: A Framework for Performance Analysis

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This report is a comparative analysis of available documented evidenced of past and current seed projects.  

ISSD in Africa: A Basis for Seed Policy and Law

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