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July 26, 2018Knowledge Portal
The dynamics of smallholder farmers’ acquisition and distribution of sweetpotato vines in Tanzania

This study offers insights into smallholder farmer’s practices regarding acquisition and distribution of sweetpotato planting material in Tanzania. Findings reveal that most farmers rely almost exclusively on informal seed systems. »

May 14, 2018Knowledge Portal
Identifying leading seed companies in Eastern and Southern Africa

This report evaluates the efforts of 22 leading seed companies in Eastern and Southern Africa, aimed at improving access to seeds for smallholder farmers. The seed sector in the region has high potential for growth. »

February 26, 2018Knowledge Portal
The impact of national seed laws on the functioning of small-scale seed systems

This case study assesses national seed laws in eight countries to inform recommendations to ensure laws better support the functioning of farmers’ seed systems. Seed laws typically pay little attention to farmers’ seed systems, but it can impact on the functioning of those systems in various ways »

F&BKP newsletter February 2018 (#01)
February 20, 2018News
F&BKP newsletter February 2018 (#01)

In the first general newsletter of 2018, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) informs its readers about the busy start of the year. There were two big gettogethers of the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme: the mid-term workshop of the second call focusing on Inclusive Business / Regional Trade; and the kick-off of »

Netherlands-CGIAR partnership launches research call on improving Seed Systems in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa
January 31, 2018News
Netherlands-CGIAR partnership launches research call on improving Seed Systems in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa

The Netherlands-CGIAR partnership has launched a  Call for research proposals which generate insights that contribute to improving “seed” systems in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Applications for pre-proposals can be submitted until April 12, 2018. The deadline for full proposals will be August 30, 2018. »

January 24, 2018Knowledge Portal
Towards a flexible plant breeders’ rights system in Kenya

This PhD dissertation is a study of the relationship between plant breeders’ rights on the one hand and access to seed and planting material  for smallholder farmers in Kenya on the other hand. Access to seeds invariably affects food availability and security and ultimately, the right to food. »