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  • Event: Launch of the 3rd Communiqué on ISSD in Africa

    23/01/2023 by

    When: February 22nd, 2023 @ 15:00 – 17:00 EAT / 13:00 – 15:00 CET The current phase of the ISSD Africa CoP is nearing conclusion. Over the last three years, collaborative action research and extensive dialogue has yielded new insights and innovations for addressing key common bottlenecks in African seed sectors. In October 2022, the… Read more

  • Pumpkin pitch: Sharing knowledge on quality seed

    23/01/2023 by

    Under the ISSD Africa topic ‘Creating demand for quality seed’, action research partners East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer reflect on how quality seed and effective and inclusive knowledge transfer are the ideal recipe for horticultural success Pitching pumpkin and need for investment in knowledge transfer Pumpkin is relatively easy to grow. It has excellent nutritional value… Read more

  • Video: The multiple benefits of crop diversity

    23/01/2023 by

    Under the ISSD Africa topic ‘Agrobiodiversity, Seed and Climate Change’, partners have been exploring how crop and varietal diversity contributes to food security, healthy diets, income generation and adaptation to climate change. During a recent workshop in Zimbabwe, stakeholders reflect on this importance of crop diversity:

  • Your input needed: Mercy Corps survey on ISSD Africa activities

    23/01/2023 by

    For the past three years, Mercy Corps has led two of the eight action learning topics under ISSD Africa:  This 10-minute survey seeks feedback on how the tools developed (such as the SERT or CAT), discussions held (such as webinars, conferences and roundtables), and other support provided under this award can be most useful going forward. Please… Read more

  • Video: Key lessons on creating demand for quality seed

    20/01/2023 by

    Gareth Borman of Wageningen University & Research, Annet Kizza of East-West Seed and Dean Muungani of IITA share emerging insights from action research under the ISSD Africa topic on ‘Creating demand for quality seed’. The video shares how these contribute to future perspectives on seed sector transformation in Africa:

  • Workshop & dialogue: Effective emergency seed response & intervention – Nigeria

    19/01/2023 by

    Emergencies compromise the resilience of the seed sector, prompting responders to rapidly deliver seed interventions. Effective interventions are those that are informed by an assessment and target population seed needs, while supporting the long-term development of the local seed system. On Wednesday November 30th, 2022, over 40 seed sector stakeholders across government agencies, seed companies,… Read more

  • Upcoming papers on policies for farmer-managed seed systems

    18/01/2023 by

    Watch out for these upcoming papers, coming in February 2023 The main finding of a review of seed (related) policies and laws in 14 African countries is that, although in most countries there is some form of acknowledgment that farmer-managed seed systems exist, there are not many positive results related to recognition of and concrete… Read more

  • Working paper: Scoping the implementation of recommendations from previous early generation seed studies in sub-Saharan Africa

    18/01/2023 by

    The action research presented in this working paper was completed under ISSD Africa Action Research Topic 6: Business models for Early Generation Seed. The topic is led by ICRISAT. Authors: The purpose of this report is to document and track progress on the implementation of recommendations from EGS studies that were carried out on selected… Read more

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