The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EAIR) and Regional Agricultural Research Institutes (RARIs) are key seed sector stakeholders. These institutes have a lead role in variety development, variety maintenance and quality EGS production. To support and strengthen their efforts ISSD provided a training to these organisations staff, highlighting the opportunities that the ISSD approach and adopting a systems perspective could present. Read more
Ensuring seed supply matches demand is a complex national process. Various institutional bottlenecks continue to result in farmers not getting seed of the varieties they want, while unused seed sits as carryover, degrading and potentially becoming unusable. ISSD and partners strive to address these challenges and our collaboration is yielding promising innovations. Read more
Across 2018, regional and national seed sector stakeholders have engaged intensively, shaping an action agenda to transform the seed sector. Read more
Nodal farmers’ role and motivations to exchange seed in their locality formed the topic of recent research. ISSD Tigray Unit facilitated a Wageningen University (Netherlands) researcher to conduct a seed social network analysis, concluding that while nodal farmer self-interest plays a role, community and neighbourly well-being remain important factors in engaging in seed exchange. Read more
ISSD Ethiopia provides evidence for the sustainability of local seed business (LSB) in Ethiopia by revisiting 33 LSBs graduated from programme support in 2015.
The study set out to test two assumptions of the programme. The first is that the LSB model is commercially sustainable and the second is that LSBs make a significant contribution to the local seed security of smallholder farming communities.
A full report on the study can be downloaded here.
BENEFIT-ISSD Oromia East project unit organized and conducted a one day training of trainers (TOT) on post-harvest quality seed management for woreda experts and DAs at Ras Hotel, Harar city. Read more
Since 2017, BENEFIT-ISSD Ethiopia has engaged in innovative and highly participatory activities to strengthen informal seed systems across the country.
Here, you can take a look at some of the key activities, in numbers and photos.