©FAO and AfricaRice 2011. African Seed Enterprises (Van Mele et al.)
AFRICAN SEED ENTERPRISES describes an exceptionally wide range of experiences in nine countries. Each of the cases is substantially unique and presents a particular history and set of lessons.
Each of the cases is substantially unique and presents a particular history and set of lessons. The descriptions are accompanied by country profiles that allow the reader to appreciate the agricultural and policy environment that determines the trajectory of these enterprises.
Their experience to date offers an exceptionally rich source of data and insights for understanding seed systems and appreciating the diversity of strategies and resources that have been used to create new seed enterprises.
Ch2. How seed works
Ch3. Cameroon: Revolving funds make a difference
Ch4. Nigeria: Clustered seed companies
Ch5. Mali: When government gives entrepreneurs room to grow
Ch6. Guinea: Networks that work
Ch7. The Gambia: Capturing the media
Ch8. Morocco: The visible hand
Ch9. Kenya: A company, a cooperative and a family
Ch10. Uganda: Dreams of starting a company
Ch11. Madagascar: Coping with relief aid and politics
AFSTA’s mission is To promote trade in quality seed and technologies in Africa for the benefit of members and farmer
- The objectives are:
- To promote the use of improved quality seed,
- To strengthen communication with African seed industries and with the world,
- To facilitate establishment of national seed trade associations in Africa,
- To provide information to members,
- To interact with regional governments and NGO’s involved in seed activities in order to promote the interests of the seed industry,
- To promote activities that lead to regulatory harmonization throughout Africa to facilitate movement of seed, and
- To develop a statistical database on African seed production and trade.