The Politics of Seed in Africa’s Green Revolution

This project is exploring the political economy of cereal seed systems across five distinct country contexts (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and Zimbabwe).

Each country has a very different history of research and development in this area; in each setting the importance of the public or the private sector differs, with different actors and interests involved; each country has a different reliance on ‘modern’ hybrid (or sometimes biotech) varieties and associated R&D and supply systems; and each country has a different form and extent of independent informal sector, involving networks of farmer experimenters and seed bulkers and suppliers

This research is a project of the Future Agricultures Consortium where you can find more information.

Related publications

IDS Bulletin on the Political Economy of Seed Systems in Africa’s Green Revolution