Independent Dialogue: What are resilient African seed systems and how can they be achieved?

Date(s) - 15/03/2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Event Description

Seed systems are a key area of investment in African agricultural development, as supported by the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Platform. Improved crop varieties are seen as mechanism for increasing agricultural production, building resilience to environmental and climatic shocks and stresses, improving nutritional outcomes, and creating new commodity market opportunities.

However, they are also very complex. They are comprised of a diverse range of actors, processes, regulations, and flows of information, knowledge and resources. They are systems that cross scales, public-private domains, and formal-informal systems of governance.

In a context of multiple priorities and drivers of change, this dialogue will ask: ‘What are resilient African seed systems and how can they be achieved?’

This broader question encapsulates a number of sub-questions:
• What do seed systems need to be resilient to?
• What are the characteristics of a resilient seed system?
• How should seed systems be governed?
• Who should have a role, and what investment, information and resources do they need?

This dialogue is being convened by GCRF-AFRICAP as part of the UN Food Systems Summit Dialogues and will address recent GCRF-AFRICAP research on crop breeding for climate resilience, published in Climatic Change. For more information about UN Food Systems Summit Dialogues, visit the official website.


UN Food Systems Summit 2021 DialogueRegister to attend ‘Independent Dialogue: What are resilient African seed systems and how can they be achieved?’ on Monday 15 March from 10:00 – 13:00 (GMT).

For more GCRF-AFRICAP seminars on food systems and climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa, visit the GCRF-AFRICAP events page.