SSG is an Africa-based nonprofit led by seed systems specialists who have played a pivotal role in breeding better crop varieties and launching more than 100 local seed companies in some 15 countries. They include places such as Ghana and Ethiopia, where the availability of improved seed has helped place them at the vanguard of Africa’s Green Revolution.
SSG believes that every farmer in every village should have access to high-quality seed for a wide range of crop varieties, and is working with governments and investors to make that a reality.
Recent advances in the development and supply of seed of improved crop varieties in some countries of Africa have helped to reverse decades of declining crop yields and provided new hope that the continent can feed itself and help feed the rest of the world. However, these advances have so far been limited to a select group of countries where access to seed has been made a priority by governments, donor agencies, and development groups. Meanwhile, farmers in many African countries remain beyond the reach of the supply of improved seed, and continue to harvest far less than they could if better seed were available.
The mission of Seed Systems Group is to extend the recent advances in seed systems development to farmers in countries of Africa that have so far been left behind.