Exploring Integrated Seed Sector Development opportunities in Ghana

CDI, in cooperation with international partners, investigates opportunities for the initiation of Integrated Seed Sector Development programme in Ghana.

Official project title: Advanced scoping study for Integrated Seed Sector Development Programme in Ghana

In cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and with support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CDI engages in an inclusive research and design process in order to initiate an ISSD programme in Ghana.

This initial step in ISSD activities involves close collaboration with government, development partners and national seed stakeholders in the domain of the public, private and civil sectors. The study aims to identify entry points which allow for a smooth start-up of an ISSD program which involves universities, NGOs, private seed companies, the Crops Research Institute (CRI) and Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) as well as local seed-sector stakeholders.

Specific objectives within the project include:
  • Increased awareness of the ISSD approach among universities, related institutes and other potential partners;
  • The creation of three zonal nodes (Northern, Central and Southern Ghana) for the design and implementation of the ISSD programme;
  • The completion of a landscape assessment to determine the potential for alignment with existing initiatives, also identifying areas of possible overlap. (to find out what it the niche and added value of an ISSD programme;
  • The compilation of data for the targeted crops (i.e. sorghum, millet, cassava, sweet potato, yam, plantain, cow pea and peanut) on production, varieties.
In order to achieve these objectives, CDI engages in various activities including the facilitation of seminars which aim to develop common understandings of ISSD concepts and processes; the development of an assessment framework which includes a toolbox of matrixes, questionnaires and interview frameworks; the identification of centres to coordinate activities in the three zonal nodes; and the facilitation of a training to prepare local staff to complete the assessments, to assist the universities in the data-analysis and reporting.