Why Harmonize Seed Regulations in Southern Africa?
As part of the 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agriculture Growth, African leadership from across the continent pledged to end hunger and triple agricultural productivity by 2025. Most would agree that access to high-quality seeds, alongside other agricultural inputs, is a critical part of improving agriculture productivity and yields.
However the importance of a supportive enabling environment — the legal, regulatory, institutional, and social or cultural conditions that influence the sector — is often less visible and therefore often less recognized. The video Understanding Harmonized Seed Regulations in Southern Africa, developed by the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project, takes a closer look at how one aspect of the productivity challenge is being addressed through a set of coordinated actions affecting regulations across countries in Southern Africa to improve access to safe and high-quality seeds.
The video highlights the evolving work of the Southern Africa Development Community on Harmonized Seed Regulations, drawing on findings and recommendations from an earlier Southern African Regional Seed Sector Assessment commissioned by USAID and implemented by the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project. You can also check out the Southern Africa Seed Trade Project here to learn more about how USAID continues to support these regional efforts.