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Thematic Working Group 3 - Matching Global Commitments with National Realities

Key Documents: 

How can governments of African countries implement their global commitments to various policies whilst fostering a viable and pluralistic seed sector? Global commitments that fail to recognize national realities will also fail to acknowledge the importance of different seed systems in providing farmers access to quality seed. Making these commitments more coherent with the practices and realities of farmers and creating an enabling environment for strengthening multiple seed systems will increase farmers’ access to quality seed.

Action Learning Questions:

  1. How can national and regional seed laws support the development of a robust, integrated seed sector that supports smallholder farmers' needs?
  2. How can room be created for informal and intermediary seed systems in a UPOV '91 informed Plant Variety Protection system?
  3. How can Access and Benefit-Sharing policies make valuable contributions to seed systems that promote farmers’ resilience to climate change?

Full Report: The support for farmer-led seed systems in African seed laws:

Download the report here


Country Reports on Climate resilient seed systems & access and benefit-sharing:

Members of Thematic Working Group 3


  • Bram de Jonge, Wageningen University


  • Michael Halewood, Bioversity International


  • Andrew Mushita, Community Technology Development Trust
  • David Wafula, East African Community
  • John Mukuka, Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), COMESA

Ex-Officio Members: 

  • Mary Mathenge, Tegemeo
  • Astrid Mastenbroek, CDI, Wageningen UR, ISSD Uganda
  • Abishkar Subedi, CDI, Wageningen UR

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