The Ethiopian Agricultural Authority (EAA), a recently established authority in charge of regulating the agricultural sector, is now being led by a new management team that need capacity building and exposure. It is very critical for the authority to explore how regulatory system in other countries operate in order to bring lessons and new ideasContinue reading “Officials and senior experts visited the Netherlands and Germany: Lessons brought home“
The practice of growing forage crops for sale is not yet an established culture in Ethiopia. There are a few improved forage seed producers on the one hand while a number of dairy farms demanding forages, on the other. In between, however, there are no commercial actors who grow forage crops for sale. Because ofContinue reading “Developing Forage Value Chain: A potential strategic option to address livestock feed problems”
In Ethiopia, seed businesses usually struggle to find skilled human resources in seed science and technology, as well as seed business management. The existing curriculum, which was developed some years ago, need to take into consideration new developments in the seed sector. Recognizing the need for more trained human resources in seed science and technology,Continue reading “Revisiting Seed Science and Technology Curriculum to Respond to Market Demand“
The purpose of the ENSP newsletter is to provide relevant information on the latest developments and current issues in the Ethiopian seed sector and the partnership supportactivities.The first issue highlight the major activities that have been taken place between January and June 2022. It has covered the transition that in progress for crop variety testingContinue reading “The first ENSP Newsletter published”
Regulating the seed sector started with the start of variety approval by NCIC in 1982, which was more consolidated since 1992. Yet regulation was only in place in 1997 that included the different aspects of seed from variety release to seed marketing. Until 2004, activities related to seed regulation was under the Ethiopian Seed Agency,Continue reading “Establishment of an Agricultural Authority and its Relevance to the Seed Sector”
Smallholder farmers face a number of challenges accessing seed in the traditional size bags. ISSD Ethiopia and partners work on initiatives to promote more accessible small seed packs.
June 2020: Sector partners continue to observe and discuss emerging critical challenges and potential urgent actions in response to COVID-19 and the imposed measures and restrictions
Seed sector partners in multiple countries have been collaborating to rapidly assess the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the functioning of the seed sector. This synthesis shows useful comparisons in impacts and suggested urgent actions
ISSD Ethiopia and partners completed a rapid assessment on emerging impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the seed sector. This Seed Alert recommends specific actions on four urgent issues
This study charts the needs of public seed bodies in Ethiopia which should be addressed in order to advance seed sector transformation.
The Ministry of Agriculture has launched this guiding document to inform on the current state of, and ambitions for seed sector transformation in Ethiopia.
Download and read all the latest updates and achievements from the ISSD Unit in SNNPR
With the directive on seed marketing being endorsed earlier this year, we chart here the physical and cognitive journey many had to take to reach this point.
ISSD’s Tigray Unit facilitated a consultative workshop which saw representatives of multiple SPCs, seed unions and other key stakeholders discuss ways and means to overcome joint challenges and improve collaboration
Download and read the latest updtes from ISSD Amhara