Small-scale seed systems key to food security

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

Providing improved crop varieties to smallholder farmers through local seed enterprises is key to ensuring food security and nutrition in the developing world, according to a new FAO report.

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Promoting the Growth and Development of Smallholder Seed Enterprises for Food Security Crops is designed to help governments build efficient seed delivery systems adapted to the level of their agricultural development.

Small-scale seed enterprises are an effective way of delivering to farmers quality, higher-yielding seeds which can be save for replanting, says the FAO. However a reduction in public investment in developing countries’ seed sectors in recent years has affected farmers’ access to new varieties: only 30 per cent use such seeds.

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