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Results of the 2008 Regional Maize Trials Coordinated by CIMMYT-Kenya Results of the 2008 Regional Maize Trials Coordinated by CIMMYT-Kenya

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Date added: 11/10/2009
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This report records the trials that evaluated elite pre-release and released maize germplasm supplied by CIMMYT and private seed companies from eastern Africa.


Reforming seed sector policies for livelihood improvement in eastern and southern Africa Reforming seed sector policies for livelihood improvement in eastern and southern Africa

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Date added: 11/09/2009
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Many poor and marginalized farmers in eastern and southern Africa depend on maize for their livelihoods. Isolated from main market centers, these smallholder farmers recycle their seed, growing the same low-yielding varieties they have grown for years–varieties that barely yield enough for the farming family to survive. Nevertheless, there is hope for improvement: newer and better seed varieties can increase maize yields and withstand harsh conditions, such as drought. This brief covers the constraints in release of varieties, trade-related challenges, and offers suggestions for solutions. For further information, contact Augustine Langyintuo (alangyintuo@agra-alliance.org).

Improving maize seed marketing in eastern and southern Africa Improving maize seed marketing in eastern and southern Africa

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Date added: 11/06/2009
Date modified: 01/22/2010
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Improved seed varieties can drastically help improve the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farm families. However, an unreliable seed deployment system in eastern and southern Africa (ESA) prevents many farmers from accessing these benefits. According to a 2007 study conducted among 117 seed providers in 10 African countries in eastern and southern Africa (ESA), low seed sales stem from a faulty extension system, poor infrastructure, and a lack of farmers’ adoption of new seed varieties. This policy brief outlines the obstacles to effective seed marketing and provides a way forward. For further information, contact Augustine Langyintuo at alangyintuo@agra-alliance.org.

Improving efficiency of maize seed production in eastern and southern Africa Improving efficiency of maize seed production in eastern and southern Africa

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Date added: 11/05/2009
Date modified: 01/22/2010
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There is simply not enough seed in eastern and southern Africa. In this brief, a seed sector survey carried out in 2007 in sub-Saharan Africa explores the barriers to seed production as well as possible strategies in overcoming them and increasing regional seed company productivity. A concise view of the current seed production constraints is given, along with the envisaged solutions to productivity constraints. For further information, contact Augustine Langyintuo at alangyintuo@agra-alliance.org.

Seed Business Management in Africa Seed Business Management in Africa

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Date added: 10/28/2009
Date modified: 01/19/2010
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Seed entrepreneurs have a passion for success, wealth creation and the common good, and are therefore willing to learn, keen to promote the development of employees, and dedicated to the improvement of their customers, especially the smallholder farmer in Africa. This book attempts to provide seed entrepreneurs with information couched in an ethos that will contribute to these noble goals.
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