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Guidebook: Strategies for sustainable maize seed production in west and central Africa

Guidebook: Strategies for sustainable maize seed production in west and central Africa
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IITA 9 juillet 2014

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Since 2007, IITA, through the DTMA project and several initiatives
including the AGRA-PASS, has been supporting private seed companies
and community-based seed producers to produce, distribute, and market
improved maize seeds to farmers in remote areas, developing seed storage
and processing capacity, promoting policies that accelerate the release of
proven new varieties, strengthening seed regulatory systems, eliminating
seed trade barriers, and harmonizing regional seed laws. PASS has provided
start-up capital for many African seed enterprises resulting in several
emerging seed companies and setting the stage for hybrid production
and a vibrant seed industry. The DTMA project has provided an adequate
quantity of breeder seeds of parental inbred lines and OPVs, organized
training courses in quality seed production of hybrids and OPVs, as well
as regional and on-farm trials for both the NARS partners and private
seed companies. Emphasis has been placed on hybrid seed production by
existing and emerging seed companies as a means of ensuring that farmers
buy improved seeds annually to ensure the sustainability of seed production
and the survival of the seed companies and to make good quality seeds
available to farmers at affordable prices.

As a major international partner of the NARS responsible for the development
of appropriate maize germplasm and accompanying technologies, IITA has
prepared this book, which covers all aspects of sustainable seed production,
to contribute to the development of the seed industry. It is hoped that the
information provided will go a long way in assisting both small and largescale
entrepreneurs to run their seed business successfully and, ultimately,
good quality seeds will be available to farmers so that the benefits of maize
improvement at IITA would be realized.

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