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Title: The Role of Smallholder Farmers in Seed-Production Systems

Date Published: 2000
Author/s: CTA
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Copyright/patents/trade marks: CTA
Journal Publisher: CTA
Affiliation: CTA


Sub-Saharan Africa continues to suffer from food deficits and poverty despite an
abundance of natural resources, including large tracts of arable land, plentiful water
and a large pool of human resources. Nearly 70% of the population of sub-Saharan
Africa live in the rural areas and are engaged in agriculture. Therefore it is on the
agricultural front that efforts to attain food security and poverty alleviation must be
It has been widely recognised that, more than any other input, improved seeds hold the
key to enhanced farm productivity and increased income generation. However, despite
decades of efforts by governments, the private sector and donors in the development
of national seed programmes, the seed situation in sub-Saharan Africa remains
dismal. The formal seed sector, as represented by seed parastatals, seed companies
and donor seed projects, has had a considerable impact on the production and supply
of hybrid maize and the seeds of other high-value crops such as wheat, soya bean and