Result Area 1: 300,000 households increase productivity, income and resilience
Result Area 2: Strengthen seed sector institutions and environment
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:-
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.
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.
ISSD Plus is committed to integrating the following issues of gender, employment and environment in the project :-