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Topic 18: Tapping ICTs for better sweetpotato seed systems

Several studies have shown that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)-enabled platforms can improve farmer access to extension services, market information, financial services and inputs including improved seed. There are also efforts aimed at applying ICTs in seed systems for vegetatively propagated crops. For instance, the Seed Tracker developed by IITA is a comprehensive WebApp for seed value chain management, monitoring, evaluation and learning. It supports seed production planning, seed traceability (from production to end-use over generations and seasons), seed quality certification, seed inventory, real-time tracking of production fields, seed certification, marketing, information resources, geographic maps and map-based data navigation, and decision support tools.