This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8480: The Good Seed Initiative - sharing the
learning from CPP programmes into pro-poor seed systems in East Africa.
Good crops start with good seed. A new manual and set of posters are now
available to help farmers make the most of seed. Most farmers in
Sub-Saharan Africa don't buy seed: they save their own or trade with
other farmers. But, this arrangement often doesn't work—drought, pests,
diseases, civil wars or other troubles mean they just don't have enough
good quality seed. Over 1000 smallholder vegetable farmers in Kiambu
District, Kenya, learned the best ways of choosing, drying and storing
seed by discovering for themselves. Now, government staff in Kenya,
Uganda and Tanzania use these methods to help extension workers and
other farmers make sure they have reliable supplies of healthy seed for
vegetables, sorghum, yam, cassava, groundnuts, sweet potato, maize, and
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP69, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 141.