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SASHA Brief 12: Strategies for Strengthening the Institutionalization of the Early Generation Seed (EGS) Business by Public Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Using a peer-to-peer assessment method, senior researchers have engaged since 2016 in developing strategies for strengthening the institutionalization of the Early Generation Seed (EGS) Business in four partner public institutions. The business plans were started in 2016. But this study, and the development of strategies started in 2017. With CIP’s …

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SASHA Brief 07: Analysis of cost structure and pricing strategy for sweetpotato Early Generation Seed – examining experiences from Kenya and Ghana

Public institutions in Kenya and Ghana are using real-time data collection methods to determine the exact costs of producing Early Generation Seed (EGS). This approach is informing pricing strategies to ensure sustainable production of EGS.

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Presentation 15: Commercializing quality planting material: A Case of Sweetpotato in Kenya

Srinivasulu Rajendran, International Potato Center (CIP), Regional Research Agricultural Economist,, +254-701281551 Margaret McEwan, International Potato Center (CIP), Senior Project Manager,, +254-733681155 Elizabeth Ngundo, International Potato Center (CIP), Technical Assistant, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS),, +254-722845895   Abstract   Sweetpotato is a major food crop in Eastern …

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Report: Sweetpotato Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice Sixth Consultation – Marketing Strategies for Quality Sweetpotato Seed

This is the report of the proceedings of the Sweetpotato Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice (SS-CoP) Sixth Consultation was held from 6th to 8th December 2016 at Pride Inn, Nairobi, Kenya. The planning and review meeting was attended by the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in …

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Early Generation Seed Production – Can public sector institutions and NARIs shift to a business orientation?

George Momanyi emphasizes a point during the panel discussion (A. Ndayisenga)

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.

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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 …

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SASHA Brief 2016: Nurturing Innovations for Early Generation Seed Production

Production of high quality early generation sweetpotato seed is expensive. The process requires micro-propagation of pathogen tested tissue culture plantlets, which are then acclimatized and hardened for normal plant growth under screen house conditions.  National Agricultural Research Institutes and private sector partners in 11 countries are exploring innovations to reduce …

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