The rice seed sector in Guinea: Are we missing out crucial stakeholders?

F. Okry, P. van Mele, H.A.C.P. Nuijten, P.C. Struik

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Abstract

The low use of improved rice seed by farmers in west Africa is not well understood. This study assessed how institutional settings and stakeholder perceptions in the formal rice seed sector inhibit small-scale farmers’ access to improved seed. Data were collected in s Guinea, west Africa, in 2007 and 2008. To understand the dynamics of seed interventions in Guinea since the 1980s, key persons were interviewed and relevant literature was reviewed. The results show that, although local seed dealers play a central role in providing seed of local and improved varieties to farmers, seed interventions have mainly relied on the national extension system, NGOs and a new class of contract seed producers that abide by rules and regulations set by the formal seed system. Within a linear model of seed sector development, governmental organizations, the most influential stakeholders of the formal seed system, have been unaware of the central role of local seed dealers in the informal seed system. We argue that in the context of weak extension service due to lack of financial and human resources, farmer-to-farmer dissemination approach centered on the local seed producers and dealers is an option that could be explored to enhance small-scale farmers’ access to improved seed. The local seed producers and dealers have shown their willingness to participate in such seed development activities
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond Africa Rice Congress, 22–26 March 2010, Bamako, Mali
PublisherAfrica Rice
Pages4.6.1-4.6.8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInnovation and Partnerships to Realize Africa’s Rice Potential, Bamako, Mali -
Duration: 22 Mar 201026 Mar 2010

Conference

ConferenceInnovation and Partnerships to Realize Africa’s Rice Potential, Bamako, Mali
Period22/03/1026/03/10

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    Okry, F., van Mele, P., Nuijten, H. A. C. P., & Struik, P. C. (2011). The rice seed sector in Guinea: Are we missing out crucial stakeholders? In Second Africa Rice Congress, 22–26 March 2010, Bamako, Mali (pp. 4.6.1-4.6.8). Africa Rice. https://edepot.wur.nl/194963