The use of quality seed is essential for production and marketing of vegetables in Ethiopia. So far, large proportion of the vegetable seed is imported while the remaining proportion is produced domestically. Locally produced seeds include low yielding local varieties of some vegetables and relatively high yielding improved ones which have been released by publicContinue reading “Vegetable seed import: A growing trend in both import volume and government spending “
The conducive environment for vegetable production and the high quality of imported vegetable seeds has increased the demand for imported vegetable seeds in Ethiopia. The varieties that companies import must be registered. However, the registration process is very challenging for vegetable seed companies. In order to assess the import trend of vegetable seed, map currentContinue reading “Vegetable Seed Import in Ethiopia: A Scoping Study Highlights”
The phytosanitary service has been given little focus in Ethiopia for long. Due to various reasons the service provided is not to the level expected in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and quality of service. Often there are complaints from the service users. One of the reasons for the gap is believed to be the levelContinue reading “Bringing Phytosanitary Services in to Focus “
Ethiopian seed proclamation and seed regulation specify that variety testing, both Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability(DUS) test and Value for Cultivation and Use/National Performance (VCU/NPT) Trials, must be carried out by an impartial authority. In reality, the MoA has not taken up variety testing as impartial organization, rather research institutes that also generate the varieties doContinue reading “Transition in Progress: Reclaiming responsibility for crop variety testing”
Despite the efforts of many seed sector actors and partners, the results fell short of expectations, notably in terms of ensuring the production and availability of improved seeds to farmers. There are a lot of challenges which continue to limit the sector’s performance to respond effectively to the growing demand for improved seeds.
Ethiopian Seed Association held its annual general assembly on 7-8th of April 2022 at Desalegn Hotel Addis Ababa. A competitive seed system for farmers’ long-term supply of high-quality seed was the theme of this year’s assembly. In his welcome speech, Mr. Melaku Admasu, the board chairman, discussed the status of the association, its accomplishments, andContinue reading “Strengthening Ethiopian Seed Sector Needs Coordinated Effort”
WUR and Ethiopian partners launched new projects. The launch of SWR Ethiopia is officially marked today at the launch event held at Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel, Ethiopia. Stichting Wageningen Research Ethiopia (SWR Ethiopia) is an international NGO based in Ethiopia. SWR Ethiopia is affiliated to Wageningen University & Research. Its mission is to leverage transformation inContinue reading “Stichting Wageningen Research Ethiopia and Four Projects Launched”
This week, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Ethiopian partners are launching several new projects that focus on improving Ethiopia’s food system. The projects are part of the portfolio of the newly established Stichting Wageningen Research Ethiopia. Do you want to know more about the projects and/or SWR Ethiopia, please visit: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/show-cdi/Stichting-Wageningen-Research-Ethiopia-launches-new-project-portfolio.htm
The provision of high-quality phytosanitary services will bolster efforts to make the seed sector more business-friendly. However, the governance of Ethiopia’s seed sector is marked by a lack of stakeholder integration, regulation, coordination, and investment incentives.
Building the capacity of the regulatory structure is critical for effective and efficient seed regulatory services provision to respond to the sector’s specific needs in a more systematic and coordinated manner.
This important moment was held as a pre-event to the Conference on Guiding Seed Sector Transformation in Africa. Watch the recording now.
This case study highlights key elements of the approach towards facilitating systemic change in the Ethiopian seed sector. It shares lessons learned with those who strive to guide sector transformation elsewhere.
With lessons to inspire policymakers and practitioners alike, this film tells how Ethiopian and international partners have guided Ethiopia’s seed sector transformation.
Ethiopia’s continuing seed sector transformation is creating new opportunities. A new Directive lays a path for seed exports to flourish. Joep van den Broek maps the origins of this important milestone.
RijkZwaan & Enza Zaden, two leading Dutch seed companies are increasingly active in Ethiopia. ISSD Ethiopia created Partnership Projects to guide learning on how partners can maximise mutual benefits