A new Africa-wide programme aims to support the development of a vibrant, market oriented and pluralistic seed sector in Africa. The Centre for Development Innovation will coordinate the programme which was launched on 18 September in Nairobi.
Access to quality seed remains a great challenge for smallholder farmers across Africa. This affects their agricultural productivity, income and resilience. Addressing this challenge is a complex task and cannot be done at national levels alone.
The ISSD Africa launch event introduced and officially started the Piloting Phase of ISSD Africa Programme. This phase - funded for a total of 2,2 million US Dollars by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Dutch Government – will run from September 2014 to August 2016 and contribute to the development of a five-year Comprehensive Programme on Seed Sector Development in Africa.
Integrated seed sector development
During the pilot phase, ISSD Africa will work with existing seed programmes in 8-10 countries to explore how seed sectors can be integrated at local and national level.
These themes have been identified:
- Promoting entrepreneurship in the seed value chain
- Access to varieties in the public domain
- Matching global commitments with national realities
- Supporting African Union programmes and seed sector development
Action research, Innovation trajectories and policy dialogues
Addressing these themes will be done through action research, innovation trajectories, policy dialogues, capacity strengthening, and joint learning in eight to ten pilot countries.
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Read more on the project in the project description