Seed systems are the network of actors and institutions that facilitate a farmer’s access to seeds. The formal seed sector focuses on breeding and evaluating improved varieties, as well as producing, processing, and marketing certified seed. In the formal system, these activities and responsible institutions are all defined in the seed law and regulations. 2
Supporting Seed Systems
Since 2019, in partnership with The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), DG through the VISTA program has been working to help decision-makers, public sector, development partners, private sector businesses, and farmers visualize and use data to support a fully functional formal seed system. Currently, TASAI manually collects information on 21 indicators in 20 countries. DG is working to digitize the data collection and validation process through digital survey tools. The collected data will be transformed from traditional narrative reports in PDF into easy-to-understand data visualizations and a publicly accessible dashboard. The dashboard will assess seed quality, availability, accessibility, and price in 16 countries in Africa.
DG is working with TASAI to ensure that the indicators are gender-sensitive and on mapping stakeholders to better understand and meet user needs. Finally, as TASAI is still a newer non-profit organization, DG is advising TASAI on monitoring and evaluation plans, administrative systems, and future funding. By digitizing the data processes, creating an actionable dashboard, and supporting TASAI as the organization grows, DG is working to diagnose information use gaps, ensure a sustainable impact on the larger seed system, and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG) hosted a discussion titled "Transforming Food Systems: The Power of Interoperability and Partnerships" at both Africa Food Systems Forum (AGRF) 2023 and the recently concluded ICT4Ag conference. Discussions from these critical events revolved around key themes crucial to DG’s ongoing work, including connecting people, institutions, partners, and systems when we think about technology working at scale to transform agriculture. In this blog, we explore three key takeaways from these conversations.
DG Launches Digital Agriculture Resources Portal to Advance Digital Agriculture in Africa, the Middle East, & Central Asia
DG is pleased to announce the launch of our Digital Agriculture Knowledge Management Library, which is a digital repository of resources detailing digital agriculture best practices. These resources were created as part of our DAS program in order to support individuals and groups across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia as they advance local and regional agricultural systems through the implementation of digital tools and technologies.
With the aim of improving the efficiency of agriculture data use, Development Gateway: An IREX Venture (DG), Jengalab, and TechChange—with a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)—recently held a learning event, titled “Digital Agriculture: Building the Agricultural Systems of Tomorrow,” in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants identified two key recommendations for advancing digital agriculture in order to increase food security.