Public research institutions in the Global South have developed and released improved seed varieties that exhibit better yield and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses than farmer-saved seed. And yet despite the advantages of these improved varieties, they have not been broadly adopted by farmers.
In 2016, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and United States Agency for International Development jointly funded studies in the African Green Revolution Alliance countries. These studies indicated that the lack of early generation seed (EGS) production is a primary bottleneck that constrains agricultural development and that partnerships between the public and private sector would be needed to resolve it.
But what do partnerships for EGS production and distribution look like in practice? What are the typical roles and responsibilities of public and private sector actors? And how is EGS production sustainably financed?
This webinar of the USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and Context Global Development discussed lessons learned from studying ten EGS public-private partnership models and to hear from leading stakeholders in Bangladesh and Nigeria are on the front lines ensuring that commercial seed producers have reliable and sustainable access to clean, true-to-type foundation seed of improved varieties.