Keynote: Seed systems: Their importance and policy challenge

N.P. Louwaars

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Seed is a critical input for all crop production. The qualities of seeds such as germination capacity and seed health determine a good start of a crop. The genetics embedded in the seed are critical for both yield and yield stability, and for consumption and market values of the produce. This also makes seed an agent for innovation which is a key target of this conference. Having seed, including both true seeds and vegetative planting materials, available at the right time, quantity, quality and price is a concern for all farmers. Breeding is an essential tool for innovations towards changing environments and market demands, and thus for food security and rural livelihoods. Genetic resources and
technologies, discussed in themes 1 and 2 of this conference, provide important inputs to the breeder’s work. Seed is then the agent to transfer such innovations (new varieties) to the farmer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Global Conference on Green Development of Seed Industries 4–5 November 2021
ISBN (Print)9789251367063
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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