17-07-2014 08:36 AM | Uganda

Fake seeds are keeping Uganda's farmers poor

In 2013, agriculture in Uganda contributed 23.9% of the total GDP and provided approximately 82% of the employment. As a result the sector has received significant donor support, with part of the proposed solution being to invest in modernising the seed industry.

Seeds are the most renewable agricultural resource. Quality seed is one of the determinants of farming success but high-yield seeds are expensive, and so place poor farmers at a disadvantage (pdf). As a result 90% of Uganda's crops are still produced using home-saved seed.
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