Q&A: The Private Sector’s Role In Getting Improved Seeds To Farmers

By Sara Jerving 

ACCRA, Ghana — Across the African continent, national agricultural research systems are developing seed varieties more durable to withstand drought, disease, and pests, as well as producing higher yields. But after the seeds are developed, a challenge remains — getting them to farmers’ fields.

Areport published last month by the Seed Systems Group found that if one-third of the farmers in the 15 African countries it analyzed obtained improved seeds, they could generate an additional 25 million metric tons of food, worth $4 billion over 5-7 years.

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