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Smallholders Rely on Informal Seed Systems

Small-scale farmers obtain more than 90 per cent of their seed from informal systems, says a new study. The study was conducted to help examine the degree to which the informal seed sector remains the core for seed acquisition, and to help determine where interventions should be targeted to boost crop production among smallholders. Researchers used data from interviews ofa total of 2592 households in six countries — the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Haiti, Malawi, South Sudan and Zimbabwe —from 2009 to 2012, according to the study published in the journal Food Security last month (18 January).


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