Market‐led options to scale up legume seeds in developing countries: Experiences from the Tropical Legumes Project

Rubyogo, J C and Akpo, E and Omoigui, L and Gaur, P M and Chaturvedi, S K and Fikre, A and Desmae, H and Ajeigbe, H A and Monyo, E and Nkalubo, S and Fenta, B and Binagwa, P and Kilango, M and Williams, M and Mponda, O and Okello, D and Chichaybelu, M and Miningou, A and Bationo, J and Sako, D and Kouyate, Z and Diallo, S and Oteng‐Frimpong, R and Yirzagla, J and Iorlamen, T and Garba, U and Mohammed, H and Ojiewo, C O and Kamara, A and Varshney, R K and Nigam, S N and Janila, P and Nadaf, H L and Kalemera, S and Downes, A (2019) Market‐led options to scale up legume seeds in developing countries: Experiences from the Tropical Legumes Project. Plant Breeding (TSI). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0179-9541

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There are several hurdles to ensure sustainable seed production and consistent flow of improved legume varieties in sub‐Saharan Africa (SSA) and South Asia (SA). The unreliable demand, autogamous nature of most of the grain legumes, and slow variety replacement rate by smallholder farmers do not provide strong incentive for private seed companies to invest in legume seed business. Unless a well thought‐out and comprehensive approach to legume seed delivery is developed, current seed shortages will continue, eroding emerging market opportunities. The experiences reported here are collated through a 10‐year partnership project, the Tropical Legumes in SSA and SA. It fostered innovative public–private partnerships in joint testing of innovative market‐led seed systems, skills and knowledge enhancement, de‐risking private sector initiatives that introduced in new approaches and previously overlooked entities in technology delivery. As new public and private seed companies, individual seed entrepreneurs and farmer organizations emerged, the existing ones enhanced their capacities. This resulted in significant rise in production, availability and accessibility of various seed grades of newly improved and farmer demanded legume varieties in the target countries.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : Genetic Gains
Research Program : West & Central Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, decentralized seed production and supply, improved legume variety innovative legume seed systems, multi‐stakeholder platform, sub‐Saharan Africa and South Asia, variety promotion, legumes, legume seeds, developing countries, legume seed business, seed marketing, innovation, newly released varieties, seed delivery models, seed systems, seed access, marked‐led approaches, legume seed dissemination, partnerships, chickpea, groundnut, cowpea, soybean, pigeonpea, common bean, legume crops, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, India, smallholder farmers
Subjects: Others > Nigeria
Others > South Asia
Others > Tanzania
Mandate crops > Chickpea
Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Mandate crops > Groundnut
Others > Food Legumes
Others > Food Security
Others > India
Others > Legume Crops
Others > Sub-Saharan Africa
Others > Ethiopia
Others > Mali
Others > Seed Systems
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 08:24
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 08:25
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Projects: Tropical Legumes II and III Projects
Funders: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Acknowledgement: We acknowledge the productive partnerships within the Tropical Legume Project. We also express our deepest gratitude to the various Governments who supported their national legume research programmes and our donors especially Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through Tropical Legumes II and III Projects led by ICRISAT in partnership with CIAT, IITA and several NARS.
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