july, 2021

15jul7:00 am8:30 amCrops to End Hunger: Accelerating Seed Delivery through Sustainable Seed Systems7:00 am - 8:30 am PDT


Event Details

EVENT DATE: Jul 15, 2021

TIME: 7 AM – 8:30 Am PDT

(10:00 AM to 11:30 AM GMT -4)

LOCATION: United States

ONLINE: Online Event

REGISTER: Register Here


Commercial seed delivery for smallholder farmers in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa has been limited to few crops and varietal turnover has been slow. Publicly funded breeding needs to engage with seed systems to deliver greater genetic gain in farmers’ fields via varietal replacement. A White Paper, recently commissioned by funders of the Crops to End Hunger (CtEH) initiative in the context of the ongoing One CGIAR reform, identifies approaches and makes recommendations that will both diversify the range of publicly bred crop varieties available to smallholder farmers and increase varietal turnover through commercial channels.An expert consultation identified 14 bottlenecks to commercial seed delivery. These can be broadly classified into policy and regulatory barriers hindering variety release, insufficient understanding of target markets, lack of technical and business capacity of small- and medium- seed enterprises, and the need to better define roles and responsibilities between One CGIAR, National Breeding Programs and commercial seed companies in a changing landscape.The White Paper expands on recommendations for how One CGIAR may want to adjust its approaches and collaboration with National Breeding Programs and private sector entities to (i) be more successful in developing and deploying newly developed varieties, and (ii) support the evolution towards a more effective, sustainable local seed sector, with appropriate public and regulatory capacities and a vibrant entrepreneurial sector. The White Paper makes recommendations for how to streamline handover to commercialization and the steps needed.

Colorful corn cobs from Working Gloves Farms.


(Thursday) 7:00 am - 8:30 am

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