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SASHA Brief 11: The “Missing Middle”- Linking Decentralized Vine Multipliers to Early Generation Seed Producers in Uganda

In Uganda, CIP is testing seed business enterprise models for medium-scale multiplication to provide the link between upstream sources of clean planting materials (pre-basic seed) and new varieties and down-stream community-based vine multipliers (DVMs). After undertaking business skills training, 9 (8 male, 1 female) medium scale seed and root enterprises are operating small to medium seed businesses on a 40% cost share basis. In the past one year, the entrepreneurs have collectively sold a total of 1,403 bags of vines and 40 bags of roots earning about USD 9,600.