Developing a nascent forage seed sector in East Africa : potential for quality, improved forage seed business models

Conference session: Tuesday 22 June 15:00 CEST. Join this session to hear emerging insights from a project on feed and forage seed business models and help draw critical lessons for wider African forage seed development.

This session has taken place. A recording will be shared on this website in due course.

This session will present early findings and experiences from a project “Feed and Forage Seed Business Models to support further professionalization of the dairy sector in Kenya and Uganda” and link this to wider issues in the East African forage seed sector.

We will:

  • Present the findings of forage seed sector assessments at community and private sector levels;
  • Explain the multi-channel communication approach we take to promotion of forage seed, in order to create demand and market opportunities locally and;
  • Have a panel discussion on experiences with forage seed promotion, marketing and linking actors in the sector

Session objectives:

  • Briefly present de NWO funded project entitled “Feed and Forage Seed Business Models to support further professionalization of the dairy sector in Kenya and Uganda” and the consortium members.
  • Present findings of an assessment of the formal and informal forage seed sector in East Africa, with a focus on Uganda and Kenya
  • Describe the different constraints and opportunities for developing this forage seed sector
  • Discuss the experiences with scaling improved forage seed and linking actors in the sector at different levels
  • Provide some recommendations for developing the forage seed sector

Speakers (pending confirmation)

Moderator

  • Tom van Mourik, Advisor Agriculture and Seed Systems, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)

Panel

  • Representative, International Livestock Research Institute
  • Representative, National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI)
  • Representative, Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT
  • Representative, Advantage Crops Ltd.
  • Representative, Barenbrug Seeds.