The Integrated Seed Sector Development Programme in Ethiopia (ISSD Ethiopia) is implemented under the umbrella of the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT Partnership). The programme’s goal is to improve female and male smallholder farmer access to and use of quality seed of new, improved, and/or farmer preferred varieties to sustainably increase agricultural productivity. 

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Improved access to quality seed for farmers
The government of Ethiopia prioritizes agricultural development as key to accelerating growth, overcoming poverty and enhancing food security. Increased agricultural productivity is vital for stimulating growth throughout the economy. Improving farmer access to quality seed of new, improved, and/or farmer preferred varieties is crucial to increasing agricultural productivity and thereby contributing to food security, increased income and economic development in the country.

Integrated seed sector development
ISSD is an inclusive approach that recognizes and builds upon a diversity of seed systems. ISSD recognizes the relevance of informal and formal seed systems, as well as the complementary roles of the private and public sectors. The ISSD approach promotes entrepreneurship and market orientation, and facilitates the development and implementation of enabling and evolving policies, for establishing a dynamic seed sector. Building upon a diversity of seed systems, interventions guided by ISSD foster pluralism in the interests of food and nutritional security and economic development.

Read more about ISSD here: www.issdseed.org

Partners in ISSD Ethiopia
The programme is a joint effort of Bahir Dar University, Haramaya University, Hawassa University, Mekelle University, Oromia Seed Enterprise, the Ethiopian Seed Association and Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen UR. Partners include governmental organizations at federal, regional and local level, non-governmental organizations, development organizations, and seed businesses operating at different scales. The programme is funded by the Directorate General for International Cooperation through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa.