ICARDA-FAO Workshop on Seed Policies

October 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In an effort to collect information on the current status of the seed sector in the region and  to discuss the role of  seed policies in strengthening national programmes, an ICARDA – FAO joint workshop that gathered 34 participants, representing all member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), and two participants from Lebanon, was held in Istanbul, 12-13 October 2011.

At the meeting, FAO and ICARDA staff, as well as two international consultants, provided background information on key issues in seed programme development, with emphasis on the policy dimensions. They gave a comprehensive overview of the seed sector in the region while highlighting some key constraints.

The workshop concluded that: a seed policy should provide a long-term vision and framework for the development of the seed sector; it should define the roles of the public and private sectors; it must be in harmony with other strategic documents for agriculture, rural development, and the wider economy; the relationship between the policy and existing/proposed laws for seeds and varieties should be made clear to ensure that they are complementary; an action plan should be prepared to implement the policy and monitor its impact. It  was also concluded that a strong political support of the policy should be ensured for its successful implementation.

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