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Increasing Seed System Efficiency in Africa: Concepts, Strategies and Issues

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  • Maredia, Mywish K.
  • Howard, Julie A.
  • Boughton, Duncan
  • Naseem, Anwar
  • Wanzala, Maria N.
  • Kajisa, Kei

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework that can be used by agricultural leaders, administrators, policy makers, and seed program managers to (1) understand key factors affecting seed system development; and (2) compare organizational and institutional strategies for increasing seed system effectiveness. A literature review of recent studies on seed system development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was undertaken to achieve these objectives. The studies reviewed included published and unpublished reports, monographs, and case studies.

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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security International Development Working Papers with number 54578.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:ags:midiwp:54578

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Keywords: food security; food policy; Sub-Saharan Africa; seed system; Crop Production/Industries; Downloads July 2008-July 2009: 22; F0;

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  1. Smale, Melinda & Jayne, T.S., 2003. "Maize in Eastern and Southern Africa: 'seeds' of success in retrospect," EPTD discussion papers 97, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Nagarajan, Latha & Smale, Melinda, 2005. "Local seed systems and village-level determinants of millet crop diversity in marginal environments of India:," EPTD discussion papers 135, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  3. Kremer, Michael & Zwane, Alix Peterson, 2005. "Encouraging Private Sector Research for Tropical Agriculture," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 87-105, January.

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