Sowing improvements through policy
Can using certified seed potato improve productivity? What about food security? Seeds2B staff and partners examined this in Kenya. Their study found positive effects on both. However, making good seed - of any crop - available requires work in numerous areas. One of these is policy. Our team recently issued several case studies and ran a workshop. Texts and presentations are on the Seeds Policy page.
Mechanization doesn't just happen
Mechanization is crucial to improving farm productivity. However, it needs careful planning and supportive policies. Participants at our recent workshop in Senegal made several recommendations. Our new webpage describes the meeting and provides background materials.
What future for small farms?
That was the question at our recent conference with CABI. International participants discussed a wide range of topics. They included different types of smallholders, issues related to land consolidation, and new digital tools. Further subjects were access to seeds and financial services. These include a Foundation speciality, insurance. Here is what one of many organizations tweeted. A fuller publication follows soon. If you would like a pdf by mail, just say so.
So... what's our impact?
We work on numerous initiatives worldwide. Our goals are ambitious, the partnerships well organized. But what difference do we make? In Bangladesh, a major focus is on Farmers’ Hubs. In 2016, we surveyed the impact: Here are the results. We also examined the impact of our Qorichacra market linkages in Latin America. Read the summary. And to complete an intercontinental trio, we took a mid-project look at our radio extension in Kenya. We're delighted with the results so far.