Some 555 million poor livestock keepers reside in rural areas in the
developing world. Their inability to feed their livestock adequately
throughout the year is the most widespread technical constraint to
increased livestock productivity, better livelihoods, and more
sustainable use of natural resources.
A critical constraint to increase the availability of animal feed or
forage is the lack of profitable and sustainable forage seed companies.
The FeedSeed project adopts a public-private partnership approach to
help create a sustainable forage seed supply system in Ethiopia. ILRI
and its project partners are working with interested and qualified
entrepreneurs to start forage seed businesses. The project also works to
create a public business incubator that provides training and mentoring
to entrepreneurs as they set up and build private seed businesses. The
incubator shall be equipped with a seed processing unit which will be
used to provide technical training on seed threshing, cleaning and
sorting to the entrepreneurs who will invest in and build their seed
ILRI. Technical and Business Skills Development Training for Forage Seed Business Clients: Report of a FeedSeed Project Training Workshop, Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, 7&#8211;11 April 2014. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya (2014) 10 pp.