Farmers in Africa are opting to buy seed from informal markets rather than relying on their saved seed.

Photo credit: Wageningen URRecent research findings  have shown that instead of relying on saved seeds for new crops, farmers in Africa are opting to buy  seed from local markets or friends.  Our work is significant because it indicates smallholder farmers are far more likely to purchase seed rather than rely on saved seed,” says  Louise Sperling, a Senior Technical Adviser at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) who led the research while working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (known by its Spanish acronym CIAT). “The challenge is that most of their purchases are going through informal channels like local markets, which don’t have access to many of the new crop varieties that could help farmers improve nutrition and adapt to climate change.”

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