FICA Seeds

Farm Inputs Care Centre Ltd. (FICA Seeds) was founded in Uganda in 2001 and is privately owned. Its portfolio includes a diverse set of field crop and vegetable seeds, both open-pollinated varieties (OPVs) and hybrids, among them sunflower and cotton.

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Regional Index

Eastern Africa

Summary of results:

FICA Seeds ranks 15th in the Regional Index. The company markets varieties appropriate for smallholders for 22 of the 24 Index crops in its portfolio (91%). Its core strengths lie in Public Policy & Stakeholder Engagement and Governance & Strategy, but significant opportunities for improvement remain.

Operations in Scope
  • Countries in Scope
  • Company Presence
  • Production Locations
  • Breeding Station/R&D
Leading Practices

    FICA Seeds states that 60% of its seed production is carried out by smallholder farmers and/or smallholder farmer cooperatives.

Index Crops in Portfolio
Sales Breeding Focus
BDI ETH KEN MDG MWI MOZ RWD SSD TZA UGA ZMB ZWE Broad
Adaptation
Hight
Altitude
Mid
Altitude
Low
Altitude
Global Field Crops
Barley
Beans, dry
Maize
Pearl millet
Rice, paddy
Sorghum
Soybean
Global Vegetable Crops
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Cucumber
Eggplant
Leek
Lettuce
Melon
Okra
Onion
Pumpkin
Spinach
Sweet pepper
Tomato
Watermelon
Local Field Crops
Cowpea
Areas for Improvement

    FICA Seeds can greatly improve its Transparency score by enhancing public disclosure of its activities and commitments.

    The company is encouraged to introduce social standards to ensure fair labor conditions in the production of its seeds in Regional Index countries, especially as the majority of its seeds are produced by smallholders.

Notable Findings

    FICA Seeds defines smallholder farmers as subsistence farmers who have the potential to become commercial farmers when incorporated into the value chain.

    The company has provided technical support to the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) conferences in the preparation for strategic plans to increase access to seeds for smallholder farmers. The company participates in public policy advocacy in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda, but it is encouraged to disclose how its public policy engagement contributes to an enabling environment for smallholder farmers.

     

    The company is involved in partnerships with peers and in participatory breeding with farmers. It is encouraged to disclose details about these activities.