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October 28, 2019Knowledge Portal
Governing seeds in East Africa in the face of climate change: Assessing political and social outcomes

This article aims to assess political and social outcomes of the formalisation and commercialisation of the seed sector, by comparing maize seed system development in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania, combining policy analysis with quantitative analysis of farmers’ seed use. Climate-smart seed policies and seed system development strategies must be sensitive to differences between farming systems and different groups of farmers if they are to deliver socially fair outcomes. »

September 25, 2019Knowledge Portal
Resilient seed systems: Handbook

This book is a tool that supports research and capacity building on resilient seed systems in the context of adaptation to climate change. It advises how countries can design and implement a comprehensive capacity-building strategy to access and use crop diversity more effectively to adapt to climate change in specific sites. »

F&BKP Newsletter July 2019 (#03)
July 19, 2019News
F&BKP Newsletter July 2019 (#03)

In its July Newsletter, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) highlights the Food & Nutrition Security Excellence Programme, an opportunity for students to work on real-life cases of Dutch Embassies in Burundi and Kenya. Furthermore reports of various knowledge activities are presented. The Platform informs on: two Community of Practice meetings, one on Food »

July 1, 2019Knowledge Portal
Access to Seeds Index 2019: Synthesis report

The synthesis report reflects on the seed industry’s progress and the remaining challenges over this reporting period, against a changing global backdrop. The 2019 index demonstrates that seed companies continue to invest in providing access to seeds for smallholder farmers in index regions, through differing business models and approaches, providing increased evidence of their practices. »

How to tackle the challenges for seed system changes?
June 28, 2019Knowledge activity
How to tackle the challenges for seed system changes?

Farmers (f/m) in Ethiopia and in other low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) often have difficulty getting the improved seeds they need to raise the productivity of their crops or livestock, the climate resilience and the profitability of their business. These seeds may be available in public research institutes or with private breeders, but do not reach the farmers. This was the topic of a high-level multi-stakeholder workshop in the context of the NL-CGIAR Strategic Partnership, which generated lots of insights and new ideas for collaboration. »

June 12, 2019Knowledge Portal
Why interventions in the seed systems of roots, tubers and bananas crops do not reach their full potential

This article reviews roots, tuber and banana (RTB) seed systems—with particular reference to potato, sweetpotato, cassava, yam and banana —to reflect on current seed system development approaches and the unique nature of these systems. Key to progress in the improvement of the quality of planting material used by farmers is to pay attention to what works where, and for whom, and how to scale up good practices. »