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Game-changers for EGS: pathways to sustainable commercialization

Conference session: Monday 21 June 14:00 CEST. Join the session to hear new insights from a comprehensive continental review and help pick out key recommendations on the way forward.

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

Many African smallholders use low-quality seed of older, poorly adapted varieties. The limited adoption rates of quality seeds for minor cereals and grain legumes has been attributed to various factors including limited awareness of new varieties, weak institutional and policy environments, variable agro-ecologies and weak economic drivers. The production and delivery of Early Generation Seed (EGS) for these crops depends on innovative business models and commercialization pathways, otherwise long-term sustainability is at risk.

In this session, we briefly present a review of EGS business models from the ISSD Africa programme (Hellen Opie, NARO) and examples from ISSD Uganda (Geoffrey Otim, Wageningen University.

With a view to understanding the challenges facing private seed companies, invited guest speakers Steven van der Merwe (African Seed Production Services) and Takemore Chagomoka (Seed Co West and Central Africa) will attest to the need for effective seed demand forecasting and achieving customer satisfaction.

Finally, we will solicit and discuss contributions from conference participants on possible game-changing interventions upon which future EGS investments can be made.

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