“We need more planning and strategic thinking for the future generations of farmers. We must start with a good seed and this is fundamental,” said SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga. “Access to this seed at the right time, at the right cost, at the right place, and with the right quality is one of the key drivers of productivity,” he said.
The Access to Seeds Index (ATSI), published in February 2016, measures and compares the world’s leading seed companies based on their efforts to improve access to seeds for smallholder farmers. It is also the first index to assess regional companies alongside their global peers, focusing for the first time on Eastern Africa.
Quality of seed can make a difference
“Engagement is needed to improve access to seeds for smallholder farmers,” said Jack Vera, agricultural counsellor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. “We need to feed nine billion people, and that’s mainly why the Netherlands is involved,” he said.