Intermediary seed systems

ISSD Ethiopia supports seed producer cooperatives in the production and marketing of quality seed of both local and improved varieties. The objective is to support cooperatives to become more professionally organized, self-reliant, entrepreneurial, and ultimately to become sustainable local seed businesses (LSBs). LSBs may function as out-growers to unions, and public and private seed companies, and/or market quality seed of a diverse range of crops and varieties locally. In the latter case, they cater to a niche in the seed market that is neither attractive for large private seed companies nor adequately addressed by the public seed enterprises. In the former phase (2012-2015) ISSD Ethiopia worked with 288 LSBs across 137 woredas (administrative divisions in Ethiopia). These LSBs produced 31,361 tonnes of botanical seed and 6,971 tonnes of seed potatoes in 2014, thereby satisfying, for e.g., 32.2% and 20.9% of the estimated national seed use for wheat and potato. Over the past four years, quality seed of as many as 194 different varieties of over 25 crops was produced. The project continues to work with 25 LSBs directly and 145 LSBs indirectly. Well performing LSBs serve as

In the former phase (2012-2015) ISSD Ethiopia worked with 288 LSBs across 137 woredas (administrative divisions in Ethiopia). These LSBs produced 31,361 tonnes of botanical seed and 6,971 tonnes of seed potatoes in 2014, thereby satisfying, for e.g., 32.2% and 20.9% of the estimated national seed use for wheat and potato. Over the past four years, quality seed of as many as 194 different varieties of over 25 crops was produced. The project continues to work with 25 LSBs directly and 145 LSBs indirectly. Well performing LSBs serve as

The project continues to work with 25 LSBs directly and 145 LSBs indirectly. Well performing LSBs serve as reference for other seed producer cooperatives and for partners interested in adopting the LSB approach. Partners in scaling the LSB approach include universities; research institutes; woreda offices of the Bureau of Agriculture; regional seed enterprises; private seed companies and NGOs.

 

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Tigray ISSD Regional Unit, Mekelle University

Tel: (251) 914703197, Mail: mekelle@issdethiopia.org
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Oromia East ISSD Regional Unit

Tel: (251) 913498532, Mail: haramaya@issdethiopia.org
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SNNPR ISSD Regional Unit, Hawassa University

Tel: (251) 916826354, Mail: hawassa@issdethiopia.org
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Amhara ISSD Regional Unit, Bahirdar University

Tel: (251) 918769629, Mail: bahirdar@issdethiopia.org
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Oromia South West ISSD Regional Unit

Tel: (251) 913645254, Mail: oromia@issdethiopia.org
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Tel: (251) 911842210, Mail: info@issdethiopia.org