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‘Not all smallholders relevant from the perspective of the private sector’

Smallholders will remain an important sector of world agriculture and are the mainstay for food security in most developing countries. The “Future of Small Farms” conference, organised by CABI and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture on 24-25 January in Basel, discussed how productivity of small farms can be supported. Peter Hazell (formerly of IFPRI) opened the conference and outlined that…

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Index partners in assessing progress in seed sector development for CAADP

How can the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and its Africa Seed and Biotechnology Programme (ASBP) initiatives contribute to the development of a vibrant and pluralistic seed sector in Africa? ISSD Africa and AfricaSeeds proposed a roadmap to develop indicators for seed sector performance, for which the Access to Seeds Index will also provide…

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l’Index régional de l’accès aux semences dans la région des Grands Lacs (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo)

(English below) Améliorer l’accès des agriculteurs familiaux aux semences de quality était le sujet du atelier regional à Goma, RDC de 12 au 14 juillet 2016. Des organisations paysannes dans la région des Grands Lacs (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo) ont participé à cet atelier. Les perspectives de l’Index régional de l’accès aux semences pour l’Afrique de l’Est…

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“Access to Seeds Index is a key contribution by EU and member states to the 2030 Agenda”

The EU brochure “Financing Global Sustainable Development after 2015: Illustrations of Key EU Contributions” features the key contributions to financing the post 2015 agenda from the EU and its Member States. It focuses on the EU contributions to the following topics: domestic resources mobilization, blending, ODA, environment and climate, trade, science and innovation, remittances, sustainable agriculture and…

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Access to Seeds Index at IFPRI policy seminar in Washington

On 28 April  2016 IFPRI and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) organise a policy seminar: Supplying High-Quality Seeds and Traits to Smallholder Farmers: Policy and Investment Options for Developing-Country Seed Systems. This policy event explores recent efforts to increase the availability of improved seeds and traits to smallholders in developing countries, highlighted by…

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“Access to Seeds Index shows that there is a prudent need for private seed companies to meet needs of diverse smallholder market segments”

Dr. Victor Afari-Sefa, Agricultural Economist of the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) presented an overview of research on vegetable seed systems for smallholder farmers during the AFSTA Congress in Nairobi Kenya. Dr. Afari-Sefa explained that “vegetable seed can be an important entry point for delivering a range of advances related to smallholder livelihoods”, such as promoting productivity, increased…

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