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Good seed initiative

Good seed initiative

Good seed for quality produce: indigenous vegetables boost farmer incomes and livelihoods in Tanzania (PDF)

African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) have the potential to increase food and nutritional security and contribute to improved livelihoods, but farmers’ capacity to meet the growing demand for them has been constrained by a lack of good quality seed and technical knowhow.

  • 210 farmers trained in techniques for the production, processing and marketing of AIV seeds and produce, and a further 2,000 farmers trained through farmer-to-farmer extension.
  • an AIV awareness campaign reached over half a million farmers, 43,000 of whom reported behaviour changes as a result; increased awareness of the nutritional benefits of AIVs has boosted demand for both vegetables and seed.
  • 20,000 farmers accessed and utilized quality seed, which farmers now have a steady supply of
  • an IP approach convened stakeholders in the AIV value chain to address issues and solve problems.
  • communities are reporting health benefits from consuming more AIVs.
  • incomes and livelihoods have improved for project participants and beneficiaries