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Integrated Seed Sector Development Conference 2016 19th and 20th September, 2016.

Venue: Raddison Blu Hotel

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Smallholder farmers across Africa continue to face challenges in getting reliable access to sufficient quantities of quality seeds at the right time and at affordable price. This affects agricultural productivity, incomes and resilience. The Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Program is a two-year pilot project aimed at supporting the development of a vibrant, market-oriented, pluralistic, and dynamic seed sector in Africa that provide smallholder farmers access to quality seed of superior varieties. The Program explores ways of addressing themes defined by complex challenges that hamper seed sector development. In particular, four broad themes have been addressed by the program, namely, (1) Common challenges to promoting entrepreneurship in the seed value chains, (2) Access to varieties in the public domain, (3) Matching global commitments with national realities, and (4) Supporting the African Union commission’s (AUC) Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), and the African Seed and Biotechnology Program (ASBP). The ISSD Africa Secretariat is hosted at Tegemeo Institute.

The pilot phase is nearing conclusion and a number of outcomes have emerged that provide catalytic opportunities for addressing the key bottlenecks in the seed sector in Africa.  To share these experiences, ISSD Africa Program, in collaboration with its partners, the Center for Development innovation (CDI), Netherlands, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Netherlands, the Future Agricultures consortium (FAC) and Tegemeo Institute, organized a Conference on Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa.  At the conference, results of the Piloting Phase were shared, alongside discussions held on how to translate these findings into change agenda for policy and seed sector development in Africa. In addition, the conference provides a forum for the creation of an African-owned enabling structure and network that will enhance farmers’ access superior varieties, hence contributing to food security and economic development in Africa.

The conference brought together key stakeholders comprising seed experts from across Africa, strategic partners and donors.

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