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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. »

ARF-3 factsheet: Seed system for AIV in Uganda
June 5, 2019Research project
ARF-3 factsheet: Seed system for AIV in Uganda

Please download the factsheet with midterm results of the Applied Research Fund Call 3 project. »

May 28, 2019Knowledge Portal
Farmer-led seed systems have the capacity to delivery quality seed

This technical brief aims to examine the quality of farmer-produced seeds that smallholder farmers use for planting in Zimbabwe. Smallholder farmers in eastern Zimbabwe have the capacity to produce sorghum seed that matches formal seed certification standards. This emphasises the need for relevant stakeholders to recognise and promote the resilience of farmer-led seed systems »