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 businesses.
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.