Join this important moment held as a pre-event to the upcoming Conference on Guiding Seed Sector Transformation in Africa

The Programme on Integrated Seed Sector Development in Ethiopia – ISSD Ethiopia – has finally come to an end, a decade after its inception. We seize this moment to reflect on some of the country’s major breakthroughs during that time.

Join us as we celebrate ISSD Ethiopia’s successes, learn from missed opportunities and propose game changers for the future of the seed sector and its contribution to food system outcomes.

When: Thursday June 17th 14:30 – 16:00 EAT
Where: Register for this conference pre-event here



  • Gareth Borman, Programme Coordinator, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Dignitaries (pending)

  • H.E. Ms Aynalem Nigussie, State minister, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Mr. Thijs Woudstra, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Development Cooperation, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlandsin Ethiopia
  • Dr. Firew Tegegne, President, Bahir Dar University
  • Ms. Hedwig Bruggeman, Director Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research

Presentation of achievements

  • Dr. Amsalu Aga Ayana, Manager, ISSD Ethiopia

Panel discussion (pending)

  • Dr. Mohammed Hassena, Deputy Manager, ISSD Ethiopia
  • Dr Mandefro Nigussie, CEO, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
  • Mr. Melaku Admassu, Chairperson, Ethiopian Seed Association
  •  Dr. Zewdie Bishaw, Research Team Leader – Seed Systems, ICARDA

Conference on Guiding Seed Sector Transformation in Africa: Durable solutions to systemic problems
Across three packed days of interactive sessions, you will hear, test and debate the latest insights and innovations that are helping to overcome systemic challenges in the seed sector.

Together with a global pool of diverse expertise, you will also assess why some systemic problems remain and contribute to emerging strategies to address these.

With the UN Food Systems Summit approaching, the conference gives a timely space to help organisations working on seed sector transformation in Africa to jointly explore the contribution of our collective efforts to critical food system outcomes.

21-23 June: Register for the Conference