21 August 2020. Seed Systems Strategy for Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals is the result of a very wide consultative process.
- Guide the design and implementation of seed systems interventions to systemically address bottlenecks in a concerted way with partners;
- Trigger innovations and investments in GLDC through dynamic learning mechanisms across partners;
- Converge key actors in GLDC to work around critical challenges for breakthroughs in seed systems;
- Create synergies and partnerships for actions to move forward efficiently and effectively.
Though the focus of the strategy is primarily on sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet, groundnut,
chickpea, pigeonpea, lentil, cowpea and soybean, it can also inspire improvement in delivery systems of rice, maize and wheat.
Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC) breeding programs have made substantial breakthroughs (see box) with hundreds of improved and high-yielding, pest- and drought-tolerant and nutrient-use-efficient varieties developed for different agroecological regions, yet it is observed that about 80% of smallholder farmers in developing countries rely on non-improved GLDC variety seed for planting. The book challenges this observation.