Studies & Reports

Uganda Early Generation Seed Study

One of the major bottlenecks limiting farmers’ access to good quality seed for food crops in Uganda is the shortage of early generation seed (EGS - breeder and foundation) to produce sufficient quantities of certified and/or quality declared) to satisfy the needs of farmers. A national study was conducted between October 2015 to March 2016 to analyse pathways for promoting commercial and sustainable production and delivery of EGS. Five crops (hybrid maize, rice, beans, sesame and finger millet) were selected. The analysis provides real examples of potential business models that could scale in a commercially sustainable manner.

Research report on climate resilient local seed businesses

Impact of climate change on agricultural productivity has increasingly attained attention amongst various stakeholders across the globe. Climate variability is crucial as it in addition to the crop species genetic potential influences quality and productivity of agricultural systems. In an effort to strengthen the resilience potential of the local seed businesses in West Nile, this study aimed at documenting and understanding how communities are perceiving and responding to climate change.

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Enhancing resilience of farmer seed system to climate-induced stresses: Insights from a case study in West Nile region, Uganda

Agriculture is the backbone of most African economies and livelihood of many people. However, agriculture is often charac- terized by high variability of production outcomes and production risks. Unlike most other entrepreneurs, agricultural producers cannot predict with certainty the amount of output their produc- tion process will yield, due to external factors such as weather, pests, and diseases (van de Steeg et al., 2009). The effects of climate change and variability add to the challenges facing agricultural producers in Africa in producing enough food for the growing population.

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