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 Mozambique are first described, and then both supply and demand constraints for EGS examined. Six crops were studied - maize (hybrid and OPV), rice, cowpea, groundnut, soybean and cassava - and recommendations made to i) build an institutional legal framework to deal with the partnerships, seed companies, licensing for maize hybrid varieties and soybean and other matters on IPR ii) on financial support and independent funding for the better functionality of the regional
laboratories iii) create a strong awareness platform for the dissemination of information about new varieties released,
particularly the maize and rice hybrids, and iv) establish a working group with good representation from the public and private sectors and development partners for follow-up work, which will include prioritization of the quick-win challenges to be tackled and the development of action plans for implementation of optimal EGS.
The Mozambique study used the same methodology that was applied in a total of 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.