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Kenya's push for a purely formal seed system could be bad for farmers

By Oliver Kiptoo Kirui, Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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Kenya’s government wants farmers to grow crops from licensed seeds only. These are hybrid seeds that are certified free of various seed-borne pests and diseases. The Seeds and Plant Varieties Act makes it a crime to plant and exchange uncertified seeds. But many small-scale farmers rely on informal exchanges of seeds with their neighbours to…The Conversation


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