Improved food and nutrition security and agricultural economic development


4 years (2016 - 2020)


  • Northern
  • Eastern
  • Western Highlands
  • South Western
  • South Western Highlands
  • West Nile Uganda
The Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD Plus) Uganda aims to contribute to the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market-oriented seed sector, providing over 300,000 smallholder farmers access to affordable quality seed of superior varieties and strengthen seed sector institutions and environment.ISSD works across the entire seed value chain. ISSD also recognises the importance of all seed classes.The project is implemented by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) in partnership with NARO and is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda.

Map of Uganda showing ISSD Intervention Locations


ISSD Plus focuses on developing business opportunities in the seed and vegetable sectors in Uganda and works in partnership with Government and the Private Sector.
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industries and Fisheries (MAAIF)
  • National Agricultural Research organization (NARO) and its Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institutions (ZARDI)
  • Local Sees Business (LSB) and Out-Scaling Partner (OSP) organizations
  • Private seed Sector
  • Vegetable breeding companies and their Ugandan representatives
  • Smallholder farmers including women and youth

Target Beneficiaries

Seed users including
women and youth

Local Seed Businesses

Vegetable farmers and sector

Result Areas

Goal: Improved food & nutrition security, and agricultural economic development

Result Area 1: 300,000 households increase productivity, income and resilience

Result Area 2: Strengthen seed sector institutions and environment

Output 1.1

Smallholder farmers increase productivity from use of quality seed for crop production

  • Sale of Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and Certified seed at convenient and diversified outlets (seed fairs, weekly village markets, agro-dealers)
  • Create awareness on the benefits of farmers using quality seed (road shows, demos, radio, TV etc.)
  • Stimulate effective demand for quality seed among smallholder farmers through value chain integration, small packs seed sales and demand studies.

ISSD supports small holder farmers to increase use of quality seed, both Certified Seed and Quality Declared Seed (QDS) by influencing farmer willingness to buy and ability to use quality seed and to eliminate five underlying causes of limited use of quality seed:-

  • Lack of awareness on availability of quality seed;
  • Lack of quality seed available at convenient locations;
  • Lack of trust in the quality of seed on the market
  • Lack of cash to purchase seed; and
  • Lack of knowledge on the economic benefits of investing in quality seed.Through the Uptake interventions, increase of quality seed use by farmers is addressed by:-
  • Making certified seed and QDS available at convenient locations;
  • Creating awareness on benefits of using quality seed;
  • Raising effective demand for quality seed.
Quality Labels for commercial seed classes recognized in Uganda

Quality Labels for commercial seed classes recognized in Uganda
ISSD promotes the uptake of both commercial seed classes in Uganda.

Output 1.2

Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) increase QDS Production and Availability

  • Support and train additional LSBs to produce and market Quality Declared Seed (QDS)
  • Support LSBs to increase productivity and improve business management practices (training, innovation grants, LSB Associations, infrastructure grants, linking Business Development Services, Gender Action Learning System methodology etc.)

Output 1.3

Vegetable growers increased productivity and income using high input-high output production a systems

  • Skilling farmers on improved vegetable production
The ISSD Plus Vegetable Seed component aims to support the development of commercial vegetable production in Uganda by facilitating training, demonstration and a knowledge backbone for sector professionals active in the vegetable sector and for vegetable farmers directly. It will also support the enabling environment for increased competitiveness of vegetable sub-sector.

Output 1.3

The ISSD intervention addresses the constraints to productivity and high production costs by promoting the use of advanced vegetable seed and contributing to activities through three complimentary work packages:-

  • Variety demonstrations by the private sector;
  • Pre-competitive in-depth farmer training on the use of advanced vegetable seed varieties by the private sector;
  • Capacity building in the sector through training of sector professionals.

Through these activities, awareness of the available advanced vegetable crops/ varieties and their performance potentials shall be increased among the farmers.

Subsequently, there will be increased use of vegetable seed varieties, adoption of improved agronomic practices and increased productivity of vegetables hence reduced cost price which will eventually contribute to improved competitiveness of the sector.

Output 2

Quality Declared Seed (QDS) Institutionally embedded

  • Train, coach and coordinate District Agricultural Officers in new zones on QDS regulation and quality assurance;
  • Support development of decentralized seed testing capacities.

Output 2.2

Increased availability of quality assured Early Generation Seed (EGS) of high quality

  • Operationalize quality assurance for foundation seed including tracking and tracing system
  • Forecast, plan and coordinate EGS demand, production & market ing (LSB Association, training companies, LSBs and NARO, pre-booking systems etc.)
  • Pilot initiatives for foundation seed production [Foundation Seed Enterprise, individual members, LSBs and ZARDIs]

TThe EGS component of ISSD Plus works with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF), National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and its ZARDIs to ensure that seed producers have easy access to EGS of high quality. ISSD Plus supports in the coordination of current initiatives until a sustainable EGS delivery system in Uganda is developed in the long run. The focus of the partners includes:

(i) Increasing transparency in quality EGS provision. This will be accomplished through: Operationalising EGS external quality assurance. This includes, among others, establishing a tracking and tracing system for seed generation to guarantee quality; field inspection, testing and labelling of EGS. Establishing a transparent pre-booking system where QDS and certified seed producers make advance requests for foundation seed with a cash commitment.

(ii) Support capable LSBs (as a group or individual members) to produce foundation seed for other LSBs under the supervision of breeders.

Output 2.3

Seed sector challenges innovatively addressed and seed sector knowledge embedded

ISSD Plus supports the seed sector stakeholders to actively take up roles and strengthen the sector to achieve anenabling regulatory environment that will in turn contribute to a productive and competitive sector.

Quality Declared Seed (QDS) Institutionally embedded

    ISSD Plus is committed to integrating the following issues of gender, employment and environment in the project :-

  • Women and youth benefit from income and employment opportunities and access to land for farming;
  • Adoption of the household approach aimed at involving different household members in seed business activities;
  • Affirmative action in relation to leadership roles in LSBs and LSB associations;
  • Climate change resilience through crop adoption as an effective strategy for climate - smart agriculture.

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