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Regulatory Flexibilities Bridge Gaps Between Seed Systems

Download article as PDF This post is written by Katrin Kuhlman and Bhramar Dey. Seed laws, regulations, and policies play a central role in food security and farmers’ access to quality seed of a range of crops. They define the institutional framework of the seed sector and enforcement of the rules, and they impact who produces,...

Data & Insights: How to Know What Farmers Grow & Strengthen Seed Systems

Download article as PDF Imagine a system which delivers timely, accurate, reliable information on crop variety adoption and diffusion to seed sector stakeholders––governments, research institute, seed companies and farmers. A system which takes guessing out of the equation and instead delivers objective data for monitoring crop improvement progress, seed system effectiveness, planning for seed multiplication...

Pulse champions and smart seed innovations boost farmers’ incomes and resilience

Download article as PDF Cowpea and groundnut are considered ‘golden grains’ for many women farmers in West Africa, as they make decent money processing these pulse grains into oil or popular snacks, while the leaves are good fodder for their animals. Yet legume cultivation has been limited because of farmers’ poor access to good seeds...

How Scientists Use Seeds to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

Download article as PDF According to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, global food production is expected to decrease two percent every decade until 2050. People in sub-Saharan Africa and India who depend on small scale farms for their food will be disproportionately affected by climate change. But plant breeders from the International...

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