Research Workshop: Nurturing Equitable and Resilient Seed Systems: Data and Information Management

  • Date
  • Time
    01:00 pm > 04:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, MRM, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Better Crops, Capacity Sharing, Gender & Inclusion, Digital & Data

Genetic innovations have led to the development of many improved crop varieties that are critical to promoting food and nutrition security and resilience to climate change. However, many smallholder and women farmers in low- and middle-income countries are unable to access affordable quality seed of preferred varieties in a timely manner. Seed systems are complex and comprised of diverse actors with diverse agendas, making their governance and management complex. Generally, the data needed to understand their functioning, performance, and effectiveness is also scarce. This makes it extremely challenging to develop evidence-based policies and strategies for seed system development that leaves no one behind. 

Different types of data and information are needed to track, monitor, and assess the various components of the seed systems, and especially their impact on important development outcomes. This session aims to:

  • Build awareness on the importance of data, information, and analysis on the gender, social equity, and policy dimensions of seed sector development;
  • Share preliminary insights on several in-progress research efforts related to data, information, and analysis on seed sector development; and
  • Provide a common platform for policymakers, development practitioners, private companies, and civil society organizations, and researchers sector to articulate their data and information needs for the adaptive management of inclusive and effective seed sectors.

This session will highlight several efforts supported by the CGIAR Seed Equal Research Initiative to collect, analyze, and share data on seed system development. Efforts include a partnership with The African Seed Access Index (TASAI) to track inclusive access to seed, and to assess the barriers and enablers to accessing quality seeds of improved varieties for marginalized farmers. Efforts also include collaborations with national research organizations and seed industry associations to collect data required to calculate the average age of varieties in farmers’ fields and quantities of quality seed produced and distributed to farmers. Ultimately, this capacity-sharing session aims to spotlight the importance of seed system indicators and their potential use to inform seed policies and strategies.


  • Chris Ojiewo
  • David Spielman
  • Ranjitha Puskur
  • Noel Templer