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Hand-holding outgrowers to produce certified seed in drought-stricken Ghana – a model to emulate 

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Resource ID

17935

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Seed systems

Crops

Grain legumes, Groundnut

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Ghana

Global Date

10/Jan/2020

Title

Hand-holding outgrowers to produce certified seed in drought-stricken Ghana – a model to emulate

Keywords

Ghana, Quality seeds, Climate-Smart Varieties, Contract farmers, Seed production, Groundnut, Tropical Legumes

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Genetic Gains Program, Seed Systems

Story Partners

Institut de l’Environnement et Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso; Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER), Mali; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI), Ghana; Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and Usmanu Danfodiyo University of Sokoto (UDUS), Nigeria; Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Ethiopia; Department of Research and Development (DRD), Tanzania; National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Uganda, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Author/Key contact

Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1836-2, 10 January 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/hand-holding-outgrowers-to-produce-certified-seed-in-drought-stricken-ghana/

Description

Access to quality seed remains a big challenge for farmers in Africa. With increasing drought situations and deteriorating soil quality, especially in the Sudanian and Sahelian zones, improving access to seed of climate-smart varieties is part of the solution. Spurred by a desire to “fix the problem” at least in his village, Mr Khalid Abukari Giwah left his government job to start a seed production venture. Currently, his company fosters 10 outgrowers (contract farmers) for seed production of improved groundnut and cowpea varieties that were disseminated through the Tropical Legumes project.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

10/Jan/2020

CGIAR Research Program

GLDC

SDG

01-No_Poverty, 13-Climate_Action, 17-Partnerships_For_The_Goals

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