The ultimate goal of the Seeds2B Project is to contribute towards building the capacity of commercial seed sector and enhancing food security in SSA. Access to improved and affordable seeds will increase the productivity of smallholder farmers and reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
SEEDS TO BUSINESS PROJECT
Quality seeds at the right time, place and price
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Enhancing smallholder access to a wide range of affordable quality seed of high-performing and locally appropriate improved crop varieties is critical. Indeed, for farmers to improve their productivity and reduce their vulnerability in the face of the challenges, they need to breakthrough challenges inhibiting agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. These include new pests and diseases, climate change and natural resource limitations. Smallholder farmers often struggle to access cutting-edge seed varieties. This is partly because seed companies in the region are hindered by market inefficiencies and are themselves unable to access new varieties and technologies.
AATF’s Seeds to Business Project (Seeds2B) works towards improving the performance of SSA’s formal seed sector through linking public and private breeders with seed enterprises to facilitate market entry and expand product portfolios. The Seeds2B initiative applies a systematic market-led methodology to transfer seed technologies from research programmes to seed enterprises for rapid and improved commercialization. This is achieved through a process of technology scouting, analysis and product registration.
Being a collaborative effort between AATF and Syngenta Foundation, the Seeds2B Project targets a variety of crops, including soybean, pigeon peas, beans, cowpea, groundnut, sorghum, pearl millet and tomato. The objectives include:
- To identify and access outstanding crop varieties to meet local market needs;
- To evaluate performance and market acceptance of a range of crop varieties across agro-ecologies;
- To provide risk mitigation support for seed value chain stakeholders through stimulation of market demand, facilitation of compliance to applicable regulations, protection of intellectual property rights and provision of product stewardship support; and
- To broker partnerships between local seed enterprises and seed technology owners to ensure benefit for all and more so smallholders in SSA.
PASTTA is an alliance between USAID Feed the Future, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, New Markets Lab and AATF, while GATE is a collaboration between AATF, SVN and West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) to evaluate the performance of improved vegetable varieties.
TAAT Policy Enabler
Seeds2B’s vision is to ensure that in Sub-Saharan Africa get ready and unrestricted access to quality seeds for a wide range of better-performing and locally-adapted varieties of strategic crops.
“It is from a small seed that the giant iroko tree has its origin” – African proverb
Increased household income, better livelihoods and food security
Sustained supply of quality higher-yielding varieties through licensing and stewardship.
Improved access to a wide range of quality, affordable better-performing and locally adapted crop varieties.
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