Fresh off the press: Report on decentralized seed services in Tanzania and Uganda

The TASAI team has recently completed work on the ZEF Working Paper “Decentralized Seed Services in Africa: An Assessment of Tanzania and Uganda,” commissioned by the university of Bonn.  In theory, decentralizing seed services should benefit farmers, as the process allows services and service providers to be located closer to farmers.  In practice, our study, which used primarily qualitative data collection methods in Tanzania and Uganda, found that, while the two countries have achieved some successes (notably, an increase in the number of active players in the seed sector), significant challenges still remain, in large part due to a lack of adequate funding to enable decentralized services to function well.  The Working Paper has been published by the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, and is available online for download.