WEBINAR: Operating Models for Early Generation Seed Production: 10 Case Studies

24 June 2020. Operating Models for Early Generation Seed Production: 10 Case Studies

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.

PRESENTERS

Mark Huisenga
PRESENTER

Mark Huisenga
Senior Program Manager, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
Mark Huisenga is an agricultural specialist with over 20 years of professional experience in grain, fertilizer and seed value chains in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.  At USAID Mr. Huisenga is responsible for… more
Lauren Good
PRESENTER

Lauren Good
Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Lauren has been a leader in both private and non-profit arenas, as a business owner, board member, and consultant. As an innovative problem solver with the ability to communicate across diverse audiences, Lauren intuitively… more
Jason Nickerson
PRESENTER

Jason Nickerson
Senior Program Manager, Context Global Development
Jason is a Sr. Program Manager with the Context Global Development (Context), an NGO that provides management consulting for industry-leading agriculture & biotechnology companies, governmental & non-governmental agencies,… more
Amsale
PRESENTER

Amsale Megistu
Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Amsale has over 20 years of international development experience, and currently leads the prioritization and coordination of the agricultural development investments in Ethiopia and manages in-country relationships with key… more
Mark Tokula
PRESENTER

Mark Tokula
Assistant Director & Operational Head , Umudike Seeds
Mark Tokula is an Assistant Director and Coordinator of the Seed Technology program at the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) located in Umudike, Nigeria. He leads Umudike Seeds, the early generation seed (EGS) company… more
Khalequzzaman
PRESENTER

Mohammad Khalequzzaman
Chief Scientific Officer & Head, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute
Dr. Mohammad Khalequzzaman is an accomplished plant breeder, researcher, and seed production expert. He serves as the Head of Genetic Resources and Seed Division of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and leads all breeder… more

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