Technisem

Technisem SAS (Technisem) was founded in France in 1985, with the aim of commercializing vegetable seeds for tropical areas especially Western Africa and the Middle East. Over the years, the company has expanded its activities to other parts of Africa, i.e. the Maghreb and Eastern Africa, as well as the Caribbean.

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Regional Index

Eastern Africa

Summary of results:

Technisem ranks 12th out of 17 Regional Index companies. It scores well in Marketing & Sales and Research & Development, thanks to a relatively large portfolio of vegetable seeds targeting smallholder farmers including those in remote areas, but its position reflects its weaker performance in Public Policy & Stakeholder Engagement and Production.

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

    Technisem markets 16 of the 18 Index crops in its portfolio in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique, and collaborates with retailers and resellers in order to reach smallholder farmers in remote areas.

    The company has programs to maintain the quality of basic seed and old varieties used by smallholder farmers in Regional Index countries.

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 Vegetable Crops
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Chicory
Chili pepper
Cucumber
Eggplant
Gourd
Green bean
Green pea
Leek
Lettuce
Melon
Okra
Onion
Pumpkin
Spinach
Squash
Sweet pepper
Tomato
Turnip
Watermelon
Local Vegetable Crops
Amaranth
Black nightshade
Jew's mallow
Spider plant
Areas for Improvement

    Technisem has not disclosed a commitment or strategy to improve access to seeds for smallholder farmers in Regional Index countries.

Notable Findings

    Technisem collects feedback from smallholder farmers and tracks responses within the Regional Index country scope.

    Technisem collaborates with laboratories and research institutes in various fields, including cell biology and biotechnology, to develop new varieties faster and more effectively. It is also involved with VEGEPOLYS, an association of companies, research centers and training organizations committed to creating synergies within jointly run innovative projects.

    The company has implemented programs to provide agricultural advisory services in most of the Regional Index countries where it operates.

    The company commits to testing the quality of its seeds, including in circumstances where no specific protocols or codes are in place. It complies with ISTA standards for assessing germination.