Seed Systems III

Lead Organization:

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Community of Practice:

West Africa


Burkina Faso




Farmer’s access to seed of superior quality is essential to increase agricultural productivity, resilience, and food security in West and Central Africa. This, the third phase of the seed systems project will focus specifically on Mali and Burkina Faso. Analyzing and strengthening farmer-managed seed initiatives and use of, farmer preferred sorghum and priority legume varieties in the areas where the seed is produced is the key priority.  Ultimately, this will serve local farmers of both genders and create a sustainable market for improved seed.

Grant Aims:

Identify institutional and social measures that contribute, limit, and/or sustain farmer managed seed enterprises. Document and share the successes, failures and challenges of local seed dissemination in order to strengthen it or introduce it into local communities and contextsIdentify tools and approaches for marketing and communication that enable farmer managed seed enterprises to enhance uptake of new varieties or hybrids of traditional cereal crops by small scale farmers in Mali and Burkina Faso. Determine the impact and if and how those tools are reaching all sectors of the communityIdentify and understand gender relevant consequences resulting from the dissemination of specific new cultivars of sorghum in the target regions of the seed cooperatives in Mali and Burkina Faso