Seed Delivery Theme Month 2023
New seed varieties, adapted to current environmental conditions, will improve nutrition, prosperity and climate adaptation, and they will improve resilience in the face of regional conflict. Yet delivering new and improved crop varieties to the hands of smallholder farmers on a broad scale, on a regular basis, has proved challenging.
During the month of February, through blogs from experts around the world and an exciting virtual panel discussion, USAID will feature and discuss the challenges to greater progress, while also celebrating the great progress being made. First, the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security has instituted a Product Life Cycle approach to agriculture research management in conjunction with our Feed the Future Innovation Labs. Second, the Seeds2B approach to research hand off of publicly funded varieties to private firms has been piloted with substantial uptake of these varieties. Third, approaches to seed marketing innovation have been developed and are now available to seed companies for their planning use.