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FeedSeed - A PPP innovation platform approach to scaling up forage seed systems

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Presented by Barry I. Shapiro, Alexandra Jorge and Jean Hanson at the Workshop on the Innovation System of Demand-Driven Agricultural Research – Bridging the Implementation Gap, Feldafing, Germany, …

Presented by Barry I. Shapiro, Alexandra Jorge and Jean Hanson at the Workshop on the Innovation System of Demand-Driven Agricultural Research – Bridging the Implementation Gap, Feldafing, Germany, 19-22 November 2013


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  • 1. FeedSeed – a PPP innovation platform approach to scaling up forage seed systems Barry I. Shapiro, Alexandra Jorge, and Jean Hanson International Livestock Research Institute
  • 2. FeedSeed PPP Project Vision and Purpose Project Goal: A sustainable forage seed system with a public forage seed business incubator, private and public seed entreprises, leading to large #s of farmers growing forage seed and feeding livestock better to adapt to climate change Project Purpose: • Provide private and public entrepreneurs with the technical and business skills needed to develop sustainable seed businesses • Support development of forage seed businesses which will sell forage seed to poor livestock keepers • Train farmers to produce more and better forage seed and forages • Train farmers in forage production and feeding to raise livestock productivity and incomes, and adapt better to climate change • Compare a range of seed system models partners can learn from and scale up the most promising models
  • 3. Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security CGIAR Consortium Research Program (CCAFS CRP) Overall Vision: • Poor livestock keepers using improved forage crop seeds in project pilot areas mitigating feed constraints for systems intensification and leading to adaptation to climate change. FeedSeed project activities fit with the CCAFS theme on 'Long Term Adaptation': Better and more forage seed and thus livestock feed leads to: • Higher levels of productivity per animal , sustainable production intensification and fewer animals • Lower greenhouse gas emissions per unit of meat or milk • Less land degradation through over grazing • Less carbon loss in soils
  • 4. From Innovation to Use and Scaling Up FeedSeed “innovation to use” Public-Private Partner platform approach: • Facilitating PPP activities to impact thousands of farmers • Bringing together research, training institute, entrepreneurs, and farmers to work together to create and scale up a sustainable seed system • Piloting of various PPP approaches to scaling up forage seed systems models – public and private seed company, coops, and processor-farmer model • Partner model – rather than cash, partners with shared objectives do targeted activities to meet project objectives • Leveraging BMZ/GIZ budget of Euros 300K and at least 300K from partners – partner self-funding of activities and grant funds for seed businesses
  • 5. Project Outputs and Outcomes Outputs: • A well-functioning, sustainable forage seed business incubator • Trained seed business entrepreneurs • Established successful and sustainable seed enterprises • Large numbers of poor livestock keepers trained in forage seed and forage production and improved feeding Outcomes: Large number of farmers… • Growing and using better seed • Feeding livestock better to raise livestock productivity and incomes • Better adapted, more sustainable feeding systems • Better adapted, more sustainable use of land resources
  • 6. Examples of Implementing Public and Private Partners (so far) ILRI (lead CGIAR partner with forage diversity gene bank) Public and private sector agribusiness partners (examples): • Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute (EMDIDI) (public training institute to house incubator) • Eden Field Agri-seed, PLC (private sector seed company and partner as learning site and demonstrations) • Precise Consult (help with Business Development Services – BDS) Research and development partners: • LIVES (CIDA funded Livestock and Irrigation Value-Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders) • EDGET (Dutch Embassy funded SNV dairy project) • Livestock Market Development (USAID and CNFA) – matching grants Farmer partners: • Farmer producer groups • Framer Coops (Dairy and Feedlots) • Irrigated seed production company investors
  • 7. FEEDSEED Scaling up Model: PPP Value Chain Approach Research Roles: Starter Seed, Scaling up Facilitation, Learning Farmer Seed Suppliers NGO Grants (or Bank Loans) Farmer Seed Buyers Livestock Forage Seed Companies NGOs Seed sellers Seed Sourcing from Farmers for Forage Seed Multiplication NGOs train and organize farmers Incubator trains and mentors entrepreneurs Public Business Incubator (Training & Mentoring) Private & Public Seed companies, farmer coops Farmers buy seed and grow forage More productive and fewer livestock
  • 8. Start up phase: (by Jan 2014) • Doing scoping study to assess existing and previous seed system efforts, especially for sustainability • Assessing existing institutional arrangements to promote and provide seed supply and agribusiness development services - clustering • Identify private and public sector actors to partner provide training and mentoring, seed business grants and seed • Completing first year project work plan with partners • Selecting learning sites to link into on-going seed systems development partner activities (SNV EDGET, Humidtropics CRP - Africa Rising and LIVES) • Holding 3rd inception workshop to establish the project participants
  • 9. PPP Planning Meeting – the partner team
  • 10. PPP Meeting Planning
  • 11. PPP Planning Meeting Working Groups
  • 12. PPP Planning Meeting
  • 13. FeedSeed – a PPP innovation platform approach to scaling up forage seed systems
  • 14. Project Objectives FeedSeed Project Objectives: • Establish a well-functioning, sustainable forage seed business incubator • Train and pilot farmer and other individual entrepreneur, coops, and public sector seed enterprise models • Stimulate more and better quality forage seed production thru PPPs that connect NGOs and investors with farmers to increase seed production and marketed availability of seed • Help farmers better adapt to climate change by intensifying improved feed use and livestock production
  • 15. Main project activities (Jan 2014-Sept 2015) • Develop EMDIDI’s capacity to train and mentor seed entrepreneurs through establishment of a seed business incubator • EMDIDI to provide technical and business training and mentoring to public and private sector entrepreneurs to form forage seed agribusinesses • Incubate private and public sector companies, coops, and farmer groups • Provide training to farmers and farmer groups to produce quality seed and link them to seed companies or create farmer seed companies • Provide training to farmers through development partners, incl. NGOs, public extension, private seed companies, and coops to grow forage seed and forage, and feed their animals better • Promote profitable forage seed systems by influencing policy makers, NGOs, extension and the private sector • Assess and compare a range of seed systems so partners can scale up the most promising models
  • 16. Project Goal and Purpose Goal: • Poor livestock keepers using improved forage crop seeds in project pilot areas mitigating feed constraints for systems intensification and leading to adaptation to climate change. Purpose: • Provide private and public entrepreneurs with the technical and business skills needed to develop sustainable seed businesses • Use PPP model - support development of forage seed businesses to source from and sell forage seed to poor livestock keepers • Train farmers to produce more and better forage seed and forages • Train farmers in better forage production and feeding to raise livestock productivity and incomes, and adapt better to climate change

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