Economically viable foundation seed model for Mali
Duration: 01 August 2017 to 01 July 2020
Aim: The benefits of sowing quality seed is tremendous. Low seeding rates help farmers save time, money and labor. Fast uniform emergence, more vigorous seedlings, high uniformity in the field, high return per unit area, high quality of the harvest, and high market value are valuable to smallholder farmers. In spite of this, the Malian seed industry still fails to supply farmers, certified seed in sufficient quantities, mainly due to insufficient quantity of foundation seed. Therefore, this project “Developing economically viable models of foundation seed production for vital food security in Mali” aims to ensure the availability of quality seed in sufficient quantity by availing on a regular basis, stocks of foundation seed of suitable varieties in adequate quantities.
Objectives: The overall objective is to develop novel Early Generation Seed Models (EGSM) especially foundation seed production models inclusive of female and male smallholder farmers with emphasis on marginalized but vital crops in Mali. The specific objectives are to:
- Assess feasibility of foundation seed production by smallholder farmers;
- Assess efficiency of the production of foundation seed by smallholder farmers as compared with breeders and seed companies;
- Promote uptake of novel approaches to sustainably supply foundation seed of neglected crops;
- Strengthen capacity of smallholder farmers men and women in foundation seed production.
Method: In this project three models of foundation seed production will be tested for efficacy, effectiveness, sustainability, profitability and seed quality. The project will be participatory to facilitate uptake and guarantee development of Mali’s seed industry and sustainably increase crop production and productivity.
Dutch policy goals: Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector.