This report presents the findings of a study to analyze seed value chains by specific market, crop, and economic dimensions. Applying this methodology leads to identifying the actors and actions along the seed value chain that are required to produce adequate early generation seed (EGS) on a sustainable basis. Existing seed systems through which farmers access seed in Malawi are first described, and then both supply and demand constraints for EGS examined. Four crops were studied - common beans, hybrid maize, rice and soybean - and recommendations made on coordinated EGS production using the current structures, revitalization of the Seed Services Unit human resource capacity building and improvement of
infrastructure, enactment of the new Seed Act to enable the implementation of breeders’ rights and
farmers rights’, capacity building of seed producers and all relevant stakeholders, careful domestication of the SADC seed harmonization program, national variety testing center, enhancement of the national extension system, and a national framework to project potential demand for seed for each year.
The Malawi study the same methodology that was applied in a total of 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.