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The scramble for Africa's seed industry

Published on December 08, 2015

The private seed industry has made dramatic gains in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in recent years, gains that are likely to have profound negative impacts upon millions of small-scale farmers across the continent, according to a new report released today by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB).

The report, titled The expansion of the commercial seed sector in sub-Saharan Africa: Major players, key issues and trends, describes how the seed industry in SSA, far from being a homogenous bloc, is comprised of several layers. These include the largest multinational companies: Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta and Vilmorin; a number of large companies from Europe and Asia, many of whom specialise in vegetable crops; and a group of former national seed companies from eastern and southern Africa, such as Zimbabwe's SeedCo, Zamseed in Zambia, Tanseed in Tanzania, and the Kenya Seed Company. Joining these established players is a plethora of emerging African seed companies, many of which have received financial and technical support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Read more. Source | Black Star News