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The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act 2013

Gazetted legislation

Kenya Seed Policy 2010

Gazetted legislation

Food Security & Crop Seed in Kenya Challenging Trends We Cannot Afford to Ignore

This paper aims to contribute to the policy debate on the role of sustainable agricultural development as a means of addressing food insecurity and poverty in Kenya. In particular, it examines the role of Kenya’s crop seed sector within the larger context of trends shaping the country’s agricultural growth. This paper is Part I of a two-part series; Part II will be published in early 2016.

SEED SECTOR INSIGHTS KENYA, BRIEF #1 Crop Seed Company Propositions for Improving Current Seed Regulations

This policy brief highlights some of the key issues and proposals for improvement raised by crop seed companies with policy makers regarding the regulations currently under discussion, related to the Seed and Plant Varieties Amendment Act, 2013.

ISU Seed Quality Manual

This reference guide provides information required for developing a quality manual that will enable small and medium sized enterprises reach a high level of quality by establishing process management in their organization.

  • 3155 K
  • May, 2015
  • Joseph E. Cortes, PhD Adelaida Harries
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Hybrid Maize Production Manual

This manual provides a guide to maize hybrid seed production with particular reference to field procedures, so that seed growers and seed companies can cost- effectively obtain productive and quality seed suitable for farmers.

  • 1381 K
  • May, 2014
  • John F. MacRobert, Peter Setimela, James Gethi, Mosisa, Worku Regasa
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Our ability to scale the adoption of technologies among smallholder farmers plays a critical role in determining whether we can meet global food demands in the coming decades. The challenges facing the world’s agricultural production system are well-known.

Issue #6: Enabling Environment

In every country, laws, regulations and policies determine how fast a seed system can evolve; it is difficult to overemphasize how important the enabling environment is for scaling a seed system. It can be a critical factor that helps or hinders in achieving scale. The objective of this Planning for
Scale brief is to examine the legal and regulatory system and its elements in the context of how to get better seed varieties to smallholder farmers. Available experience, data, and literature are noted, where possible, and context for further examination and deeper analysis is highlighted.

Issue #5: Access to Finance

Access to finance is a critical component of any strategy to scale the adoption of agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers. Growth in research, development, production, distribution and adoption of products and services for smallholder farmers are all impacted by the availability of financial services (including savings, credit and insurance services).

Issue #4: Foundation Seed

The production of foundation seed has long been a constraint to the growth of seed systems in most African countries. While many authors have written about foundation seed, this brief focuses particularly on the relationship between foundation seed production and scale.

Issue #3: Intergrating Seed Systems

Scaling the adoption of improved varieties and quality seed among smallholder farmers must include both formal and informal seed systems. While the more formal channels of a seed system remain central to scaling, evidence shows that smallholder farmers source the majority of their seed from the informal system; they plant, exchange and sell a wide range of varieties that fall outside the production and distribution functions of the formal sector.

  • 538 K
  • Dec, 2013
  • Louise Sperling, Sara Boettiger and Ian Barker
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Issue #2: Scaling Demand

Scaling the adoption of improved varieties of seed among smallholder farmers in a way that is sustainable over time will require investments that make seed systems more demand-driven.

Issue #1: Tools for Scaling

These Planning for Scale Briefs are targeted for use by donors and practitioners in agricultural development, informing investment opportunities as well as the structuring of programs and partnerships. We hope the issues raised in these pages will spur discussion and lead to higher caliber strategic thinking about scaling the commercialization of agricultural technologies to benefit
smallholder farmers.

  • 714 K
  • Dec, 2013
  • Sara Boettiger, Stephanie Haile, Aline O’Connor, and Edward Mabaya
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Planning for Scale

Scaling up technologies that impact smallholder farmers is a long-term goal of the international development field. Improved varieties of seed, post-harvest technologies, extension information and many other products and services have enormous potential to reduce poverty if we can get them out to large numbers of people. But scale is notoriously hard to achieve in the rural markets of developing and emerging economies.

Seeds and Plant Varieties Amendement Act 2013

Gazetted legislation; amendment to The Seeds and Plant Varieties Act, 1972

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority Act, 2013

Gazetted legislation

The Crop Act 2013

Gazetted legislation

The Kenya Agricultural Research Bill, 2012

Gazetted legislation

STAK code of Conduct

Provides moral principles and minimum standards that govern STAK conduct and dealings

ECAPAPA Monograph

This monograph documents in a chronological manner the path that ECAPAPA’s Seed Initiative has taken in rationalization and harmonization of seed policies, laws, regulations and procedures in Eastern and Central Africa up until 2004.

The Seeds and Plant Varieties Act, 1972

Gazetted legislation


Harmonization Agreements

Achievements and Agreements on the ASARECA project in harmonizing seed policies and Regulation in East Africa.

COMESA Seed Trade Harmonization Regulations, 2014

A Legal notice from the Council from its 32nd meeting held from 27th to 28th February 2014 at Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.