Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) is the interdisciplinary and internationally focused unit of Wageningen University & Research Centre. The Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Plus Uganda programme is coordinated by CDI and implemented by Wageningen UR Uganda, the legal entity in Uganda. This is a four-year project, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala.
The ISSD Plus project aims to strengthen the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market-oriented seed sector that is able to address key challenges that hamper the seed sector development such as seed quality assurance and availability of foundation seed. In addition, the project has four field based stations at 4 NARO zonal offices. The project supports farmer groups to become local seed businesses producing quality declared seed in those zones.
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a Public International Organization governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. IFDC is implementing a 4-year REACH-Uganda Project, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala.
These two projects are co-housed in the same building at Studio House plot 5 Bandali Rise Bugolobi.
The ISSD Plus’s interventions address the constraints to production and productivity by promoting the use of advanced vegetable varieties under improved agronomic practices (high input-high output vegetable production systems) and by contributing to activities towards enhancing the enabling environment for the vegetable sector. The vegetable innovation grant facility aims to contribute to solving those vegetable production challenges other than the use of poor quality seed. It does this through soliciting and testing innovative business ideas from the private sector.
In this first Call for Proposals ISSD Plus will support four innovation projects, with a grant size of EUR 25,000 to EUR 50,000, with an additional 50% matching contribution from the grantee.
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INTEGRATED SEED SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
Mon 15 May 2017 until Fri 2 June 2017
Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement.
Creating vibrant, market oriented and pluralistic seed sectors
Contemporary lessons in seed sector development
Seed is an essential input for crop production. Access of farmers to affordable quality seed of superior varieties is key in increasing agricultural production and productivity. ISSD recognizes that farmers obtain their seed from different sources or systems, and builds programmes upon a diversity of seed systems. Supporting the development of a vibrant and pluralistic seed sector can substantially contribute to increasing food security and prosperity in developing countries.
In this course participants can broaden their international experience and strengthen their competencies to support seed sector development, taking an integrated perspective. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the capabilities to translate the ISSD concept into strategies for making seed programmes and policies that seek enhancement by connecting to present practices. The training is experience-based and task-oriented and highly interactive. It includes lectures, visits to different Dutch seed companies and organisations, case studies, group discussions, assignments and field work.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- be able to support farmer groups in taking an entrepreneurial approach towards seed production and trade;
- know how to strengthen private and public functions in seed sector development;
- know how to address through partnerships and innovation institutional bottlenecks in the seed sector;
- understand how international agreements impact on domestic seed policies, seed laws and regulatory frameworks;
- understand the opportunities for putting the ISSD-concept into practice in your own work context.
The course is designed for researchers, managers, policy makers and practitioners, working in a field related to seed sector development, employed by public, private, civil society, research, education and/or development organisations. Applicants should have a MSc degree and have at least three years of relevant professional experience. Proficiency in English is required.
Link to the course brochure: http://www.wur.nl/en/show/CDIcourse_ISSD_2017.htm
Interested candidates can apply to Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation for admission to the training. Click here to apply.