Seed Systems

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.

Presentation: Preliminary Results ISSD Mozambique

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This presentation from February 2014 outlines the opportunities and challenges of the developing seed sector in Mozambique.

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.  

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.

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.  

ISSD in Africa: Conceptual Framework for Creating Cohernence between Pratcies, Programmes, and Policies

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This paper outlines ISSD as a useful conceptual framework for creating coherence among seed practices, programs and policies.

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.

Seed Provision and Agricultural Development

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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.

New Seeds and Old Laws

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This book argues that the development and diversification of national seed systems, which is currently taking place, requires a thorough re-examination of public regulatory responsibilities.