Agenda of the webinar on Early generation seed business models in the era of covid-19: harvesting best practices in sub-Saharan Africa

EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2020 

TIME: 14:00-16:30 HRS GMT 

LOCATION: Zoom

HOST: ICRISAT and Partners

Background

While the science of discovery has made significant breakthroughs in developing new varieties and agronomic practices, few of these technologies have made their way to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The science ofdelivery has still a long way to go as a large proportion of farmers is using poor quality seed of old sub- optimally adapted varieties. The relatively low adoption rates of improved varieties of these crops compared to hybrid maize can be partially attributed to limited supply of early generation (EGS), i.e., breeder and foundation seeds.

We invite you for an online discussion on relevant experiences on various topics related to EGS. We will also gather best practices through a call for papers on the same.

The objectives of this webinar are to harvest best early generation seed (EGS) business models to sustain quality seed production and supply using expert knowledge; and Explore best business models fit for recovery from COVID-19

Programme: Sep 15, 2020 Time: 1700HRS EAT (GMT+3)

TimeActivityResponsible
1700Meeting kick-off and welcome of participantsOjiewo C.
1705Opening remarksDG/DDG-R/ICRISAT
1710Introduction of 1st presenter Ms. Aline O’ConorOjiewo C.
1715Overview of EGS status in sub-Saharan Africa, challenges and opportunitiesO’Conor A.
1730Introduction of 2nd presenter Ms. Hellen Opie, PhD student, under ISSD-AfricaOjiewo C.
1735Preliminary findings of EGS business models conducted by ICRISAT and partners through ISSD-Africa and other projectsOpie H.
1750Questions and answers on the two presentationsOjiewo C. & presenters
1800Introduction of topics for panel discussion and 1st panelistOjiewo C.
1805Introduction of 1st panelist, Mr. Amos Rutherford, Representative of private Seed companiesOjiewo C.
1808EGS management systems in different countries & Customer satisfaction of EGS supply systems: Private seed company perspectiveRutherford A.
1818Introduction of 2nd panelist, Dr. David Okello Kalule, Representative of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS)Ojiewo C.
1820EGS management systems in different countries & Customer satisfaction of EGS supply systems: NARs’ perspectivesKalule O.
1830Introduction of 3rd panelist, Dr Ousmane Ndoye, Representative Regional NGO (CORAF/WECARD)Ojiewo C.
1832EGS management systems in different countries & Customer satisfaction of EGS supply systems: Regional NGO’ perspectivesNdoye O.
18342Introduction of 4th panelist, Dr. Michael Waithaka, Representative of international Seed systems NGO (TASAI)Ojiewo C.
1845Metric for assessing EGS business model performance/sustainability: International seed systems NGO’ perspectivesWaithaka M.
1855Introduction of 5th panelist, Mr. Mark Huisenga, Representative of major seed systems donors (USAID)Ojiewo C.
1858Metric for assessing EGS business model performance/sustainability: major seed systems donor’ perspectivesWaithaka M.
1908Introduction of 6th panelist, Dr. Jeffrey Ehlers, Representative of major seed systems donors (BMGF)Ojiewo C.
1910Metric for assessing EGS business model performance/sustainability: major seed systems donor’ perspectivesEhlers J.
1912Questions and answers on the two presentationsOjiewo C. & presenter & panelist

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