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Seed Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
V. Venkatesan
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World Bank Discussion Paper No. 266.

Seed production and distribution are important factors in determining the pace of agricultural development. For a seed system to be effective, it must satisfy the different requirements of each crop. Presently, seed systems in many Sub-Saharan African countries focus on a narrow band of crops and therefore do not adequately support the diversity of growth and development in crops.

This study urges Sub-Saharan African countries to implement a comprehensive seed system to meet the needs of a wide range of farmers. The author examines the components of an effective seed system, including formal and informal seed distribution, legislation, seed research, and production.

The study recommends a mix of strategies for creating effective seed systems that best suit particular countries. It looks at the options available to policymakers when setting up seed systems or modifying existing ones, and at the implications of each option.

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