Seed Summit for Enhancing the Seed Supply Chain in Eastern India

Planting seeds of knowledgeThe Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) organized ‘Seed Summit for enhancing the Seed Supply Chain in Eastern India’ on 14-15 May, 2014 in Patna, Bihar. CSISA is committed to supporting national and local efforts to expand and improve the region’s seed supply chain and accelerate technological change in smallholder agriculture. To support this objective, CSISA brought together key seed system players to design actionable solutions that improve the delivery of improved rice and wheat varieties to farmers. The event comprised of a series of action-oriented discussions on how to: 1. Strengthen the financial capacity and marketing skills of rural seed dealers and input retailers; 2. Expand the role of agricultural extension and advisory services in promoting varietal replacement; 3. Leverage civil society—farmers’ association, community groups, and non-governmental organizations—to help promote new varieties; and 4. Encourage greater engagement from India’s vibrant private sector in the region’s seed markets. This workshop was a preparatory activity for a large-scale workshop—a regional Seed Summit—later this year. The Seed Summit covered different aspects of the seed supply chain, including governments’ policies such as subsidies, breeding and multiplication process, etc. News Article Seed Summit Agenda Press Release Seed Summit Photos Seed Summit Media Coverage  

Posted on Trainings and Events, May 5, 2014

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