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May 6, 2019Knowledge Portal
Seed companies and the Tanzanian horticulture sector

This case study looks at the potential value of horticulture for farmers in Tanzania, and the contribution of the seed sector to the growing Tanzanian horticulture sector. Small farmers could all use commercial open pollinated varieties (OPV) and adopt low-cost production technologies. A profitable, responsible sector meeting the national needs is possible and reliable seed companies are critical to the vitality of the sector. »

February 20, 2019Knowledge Portal
Access to Seeds Index 2019: Global seed companies

This publication of the Access to Seeds Index 2019 presents an overall ranking of 13 leading global seed companies. The results show that the global seed industry is adapting their seeds to combat the impact of climate change. However, a lack of access to quality seeds in many emerging economies persists, as global companies reach just 10% of the world’s smallholder farmers. »

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.  »

September 6, 2018Knowledge Portal
Maize seed systems in different agro-ecosystems; what works and what does not work for smallholder farmers

This article aims to contribute to better functioning of maize seed sectors serving smallholders, by analysing across different systems. Smallholder farmers are increasingly purchasing seed from the formal maize seed system in different parts of the world. »

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.  »

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. »