Informal seed systems

ISSD Ethiopia works with farmers and farmer groups to strengthen their capacities in seed production and management practices, building on local knowledge and responding to local demand. Working in remote and less favourable agricultural areas, we focus on crops important for food security and try to help farmers manage risk and become more resilient.

ISSD works with a wide diversity of local and improved varieties. Women have a key role in this seed system and are a focus in terms of capacity building and training, strengthening seed networks to improve access and use of quality seed, and action research and validation to promote technology development and deployment. This is a new component in the 2016-2019 project phase.

 Maize seed

Traditional way of farmers seed saving

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Tigray ISSD Regional Unit, Mekelle University

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Oromia East ISSD Regional Unit

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SNNPR ISSD Regional Unit, Hawassa University

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Amhara ISSD Regional Unit, Bahirdar University

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Oromia South West ISSD Regional Unit

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