Indigenous seed companies in the sub-Saharan African region have proved more adept at reaching out to small-holder farmers when compared to their multinational peers, says a study launched in Nairobi on Monday.
African seed firms revolutionizing outreach to smallholder farmers
The Access to Seeds Index 2019 study that covered east and southern African region revealed that homegrown companies boosted productivity at smallholder level thanks to the timely supply of certified seeds and provision of extension services.
“The index reveals that seed companies are successfully serving smallholder farmers. They stand out because they integrate these small-holders in their business model,” said Sanne Helderman, a senior researcher with the index study that is supported by the Netherlands Government and Bill & Melinda Foundation.