The Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice (SS CoP) Sixth Consultation was held from 6th to 8th December 2016 at Pride Inn in Nairobi, Kenya. The planning and review meeting was attended by the SASHA project pre-basic seed system sub-grantees. There were 45 participants from 11 countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, …Read More »
Early Generation Seed Production – Can public sector institutions and NARIs shift to a business orientation?
During this year’s annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting in Ethiopia, we held a panel discussion with senior managers of institutions engaged in sweetpotato pre-basic seed production participated in our panel discussion. Here are three fascinating insights I gained from George Momanyi from the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service (KEPHIS) and Stella Ennin from Crop Research Institute (CRI) Kumasi, Ghana.Read More »
SASHA Brief 2016: Is there a Business Case for Early Generation Seed?
National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) are hindered from delivering on their mandate for early generation seed (pre-basic) production by unreliable funding streams. Although many NARIs are shifting towards a business orientation to compensate for reductions in government spending, there are limited examples of how they can organise viable cost recovery …Read More »