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October 18, 2018Knowledge Portal
The rise of the seed-producing cooperative in Western and Central Africa

This report evaluated seed-producing cooperatives across Western and Central Africa to explore whether farmer-led cooperatives can play a role delivering new varieties of seeds into the hands of farmers. Seed-producing cooperatives are increasingly being formally recognized as producers of certified seed.  »

August 8, 2018Knowledge Portal
Toolkit: Supporting smallholder seed systems

This toolkit elaborates the challenge for seed sector development on how to address both the informal and formal seed systems so that farmers have access to a sustainable supply of quality seed of improved crop varieties.  »

June 20, 2018Knowledge Portal
On developing a scale to measure chronic household seed insecurity in semi-arid Kenya and the implications for food security policy

This study analyzes household and farm-level characteristics that may predict chronic seed insecurity in semi-arid eastern Kenya. Results suggest that mild chronic seed insecurity continues to be a problem in most households, hampering their ability to produce food. »

March 12, 2018Knowledge Portal
Farmers gain access to and control over seeds

This journal is a special edition centred around the question: How do small-scale farmers from Africa and Asia come upon good quality seeds, and what problems do they face in the process. Policymakers, development workers, farmers and private companies are consulted to answer this question. »

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. »

September 6, 2017Knowledge Portal
The long tail of the seed industry

This blog discusses the importance of smaller regional seed companies in the delivery and adoption of new technologies to smallholder farmers. Within the seed industry there is a small group of big global players and a long tail of smaller regional, national and niche players. »